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AJ's Fine Food and Spirits

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Great food, drinks and prices How about a nice, big, juicy prime rib? Or maybe some homemade meat sauce on angel hair pasta? These are just two of the dishes that make AJ’s Fine Food and Spirits a popular dining-out spot. Boasting “great food, great drinks, great prices,” AJ’s offers steaks, burgers, seafood, poultry and Italian dishes, along with a large salad bar with homemade coleslaw, potato salad, soups and bread. But if you’re really hungry, do try the prime rib. “The prime rib is not to be missed,” said Tina Wilson, the restaurant’s manager. “We are known for our prime rib.” AJ’s patrons eat well, whatever they order, without draining their bank accounts. Prices are relatively modest and the atmosphere is casual, friendly and relaxing. The banquet room at AJ's. Breakfast is served daily from week. 8-11:30 a.m., and with your meal In the pub, set off from the dining comes a bottomless cup of coffee. room, two big-screen TVs entertain Lunches are served with an offering of hot and cold dishes and daily specials, sports fans with weekly specials from and dinner is served seven days a week steamers to Buffalo wings, and more than 100 imported and domestic beers to – eat in or take out. Sunday and Monday are Mexican choose from. A banquet room is available for prinights with sizzling fajitas, taco salad, burritos and quesadillas, just to name a vate parties but reservations must be few. All dinner entrees are served with made well in advance. To place an order, or make dinner or home-baked bread, homemade soup and banquet reservations, call 518-642-3237 or salad bar. The menu is replete with special stop in and let AJ’s friendly staff assist offerings, depending on the day of the you.

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Castleton Lions Club

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Treasures galore at the auction The 56th annual Lions Club Auction is right around the corner! This year’s auction will be Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 6, with a rain date scheduled for Friday Aug. 7. Donations are always needed, arrangements can be made for pick-up by calling Norm Williams at 265-8686 or John Burke at 468-5454. No appliances except working flat screen televisions will be accepted. All proceeds from the auction go toward local projects such as hunter safety, holiday baskets, conservation camp, scholarship funds, Washington

Close Up, Green Up Day, fishing derby for kids, Halloween parties, Eye Assistance Program, Hearing Assistance Program, area school trips, Little League, V.A.C., and more. Auctioneer Chris Mars will get started at 6 p.m. on the Castleton Town Green on Main Street in Castleton. Bring your lawn chair, kick back and enjoy the auction. You never know what treasures you’ ll find! Refreshments will be available and there will be a number of raffles guests can get involved in. Come join the fun!

A few years ago, Christopher Book purchased Durfee Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Holding the same belief as the previous owner, Book said that service, dignity, compassion and professionalism are of the utmost importance to the families that Durfee serves. “That principle has been and will continue to be the foundation of our commitment to funeral service,” Book said. Throughout its history, the Durfee Funeral Home has continued its commitment to excellence. Durfee Funeral Home is a longstanding member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Vermont Funeral Directors Association. As Book explains: “More and more people are realizing the advantages of prearranging their funerals. The process is simple and the benefits Chris Book, owner. to loved ones left to handle the ment options available. Please feel free arrangements are well recognized and numerous; pre-planning allows you to call anytime to discuss the payment to express your own wishes. There is a options offered with absolutely no obliguaranteed funeral price. There’s no gation on your part,” Book said. Durfee Funeral Home welcomes the income tax liability. Your funeral plan is transferable in case you move away. It opportunity to set up an appointment to relieves your family of the financial bur- further discuss your pre-arrangement den. By relieving your family of burden- options. Please contact Christopher some decisions at a difficult time, you Book at 802-265-8085 or email at durfeefuare showing your love and respect for Durfee Funeral Home and Cremation Service is located their needs, too." “There are several affordable pay- at 119 North Main St. in Fair Haven.


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Gemini Fitness Choose to live We live in a complex world today, and we have many choices in how we spend our time and how we want to live. Some choices have life-changing implications, however. Consider Bob. Bob is in his mid60s and has a problem with one knee. Over the years, he has gained some weight. At this point, his doctor has told him that his cholesterol is too high (so he needs to go on a Statin drug like Lipitor), his blood pressure is too high, and he has a high risk for stroke. If he gains any more weight, Bob will get Type II diabetes. Bob’s health has been gradually declining for years, but he has chosen not to do anything about it. He has chosen to be a victim. His wife is worried sick about him. She wishes he would just be more physically active. His children and grandchildren see him sitting all day doing nothing, and they worry too. Bob continues to eat, complain about his knee, and watch television. He has chosen to let himself go – a potentially fatal choice.

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Are you like Bob? Does everyone around you worry about your health, but you don’t want to change anything? Then consider Mary. Mary is also middle-aged. She is overweight and had a knee replacement operation two years ago. She was headed down the same path as Bob, except she made a different choice. She chose life. Mary joined a fitness center and started becoming more fit. She began losing weight, her energy level increased, she felt better about herself, so she kept doing it. She was taken off her cholesterol medication, her blood pressure is down, her bone density is up, and she has made new friends in the fitness center. Mary has chosen to live. Not everybody is excited at the prospect of “doing exercise,” but EVERYBODY likes the way they feel and look after they have been exercising. If there is a fountain of youth, keeping fit is it. Here are some typical questions I get from seniors.

Front - Lindsay Sr,. and Christina. Back - Lindsay Jr. and Schuyler. “I don’t know how to use all those machines. They are intimidating.” I don’t know anyone who “gets” the machines the first time, but if you go to a fitness center where they work with seniors and guide you every day, you will feel right at home in a few days. “I am overweight and out of shape. I don’t feel comfortable going into a fitness center.” That is exactly what fitness centers are for – helping people like you change their lives. Just don’t choose a fitness center that caters primarily to the muscle heads and ignores seniors. Find one where they enjoy helping anyone who walks through the door. At Gemini Fitness, we are a no judgment zone. “I have had knee/hip/back/shoulder surgery, so I can’t really do anything.” Yes you can! You would be amazed how you can change your life regardless of how many physical challenges you face. It all comes down to desire. If you think you can’t, you won’t. But if you believe you can, you will. “Joining a fitness center can be expensive. My budget is tight.” We all have to make tough budget choices in this economy. But which of these two alternative scenarios makes more financial sense to you. Choice 1: Do nothing, have major disease become part of your daily life, pay more doctor’s bills, higher co-payments for more drugs, and become more dependent on the medical system and your family to stay alive. Choice 2: Take 30 minutes/day, three days per week to improve your health and fitness. Spend $11 per week (or so) at a fitness center in order to lower your weight, help avoid (or mitigate) almost every known disease, limit doctor’s bills to one annual checkup, and reduce drug co-pays to a minimal amount. Whether you are 20 years old or 90, we all have our own physical or health challenges. But anybody can improve his/her life and feel younger and stronger again. It’s your choice – to remain sedentary and feel defeated, or to take back control of your life. Choose to live! If you have any questions, please come see us at Gemini Fitness, 11 E. Main St., Granville, N.Y. 12832 or call us at 518-642-2550.

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The Birdhouse Inn

Black Pond Supply

More than two centuries of history Dealing with a hard Vermont spring The Birdhouse Inn, circa 1799, is a B&B in historic East Poultney. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in any one of the three cozy rooms: the Cardinal, Goldfinch and Blue Jay rooms, with private and shared baths. Rooms are tastefully appointed with vintage pieces and original artwork. Wake up to the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and homebaked treats. Make your way to the dining room where you’ll be treated to meals using as many “buy local” products as possible. The Birdhouse Inn B&B is a certified “ Ve r m o n t Environmental Partner/Green Hotel” and a National Wildlife Federation “Certified Wildlife Habitat.” After breakfast, you can explore local attractions in the Lakes Region. Only steps away are East Poultney’s three museums – The Academy, Melodeon Factory and Victorian School House. Lakes St. Catherine, Bomoseen and Hortonia offer boating, swimming and other activities. If you are a hiker, Karen Festa and her furry friend. you will find entrances for the Appalachian Trial and Long tices” when it comes to cleaning prodTrail easily accessible. Winter brings ucts. For your health we use non-toxic skiing –cross-country and downhill— natural soaps and cleaners. You as guests snowshoeing and snowmobiling, or stay will experience a safe and clean environby the fireplace, read a good book from ment. We now have free Wi-Fi. Visit us the Inn’s library or relax with a mug of on our website at, something hot and delicious. call us at 802-287-2405, or email us at birdThe Inn is committed to “green prac-

This year, spring has brought a record or close to record rainfall, saturating time and time again the already overloaded ground with more water; cause and effect has been put into motion. Driveway and hillside erosion, lawn and basement flooding; after the weather clears up, no doubt surface repairs will be made. What about the real problem: drainage? Better call Robert Gibbs. He can help solve your residential, municipal and commercial drainage problems. Gibbs, owner of Black Pond Supply Co. in Hubbardton, has been help- Robert Gibbs, owner. ing area residents for more He not only promises convenience than 27 years, providing them with sepand service, but the best prices possible. tic system supplies, plumbing lines and Black Pond Supply offers a line of culverts of all types and sizes. Small job Ultra-pipe, with a watertight coupling or large, residential, commercial or already built in for easier installation, municipal project, it doesn’t matter. and a line of bio-diffusers, which proRobert Gibbs got started in the plasvide better septic drainage using a nontic culvert business because of a family traditional method, said Gibbs. With cermember that was in the business and tain soil compositions, this method can brought his attention to plastic culverts. be more efficient. It actually creates a At the time, using plastic culverts for cavity for the water to lie in, Gibbs said. drainage was not commonplace in To provide the best possible service Vermont, but after some research Gibbs for his customers, Gibbs is continually decided to give them a try and found adding new items to his product line, they were very durable, did not rot or including mulch hay. He offers free estirust, and were strong and dependable. mates and will gladly discuss any drainGibbs said the most rewarding aspect age problems. Call him at 802-273-2841 for of his job is meeting people, and knowmore information. ing he has a good product to sell them.



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East Poultney General Store

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Although it’s only been a year since Carol Stierle took over the East Poultney General Store, it seems like she’s been a part of the community forever. “I am continually amazed at the kindness and generosity of this wonderful town,” Carol said. “I’ve had people check in on me when there’s a power outage, snow plow the storefront area and help with projects that might take a few people a few minutes, i.e., moving furniture – I’m so proud to call East Poultney home.” The long winter provided extra time to experiment in the kitchen, which resulted in a wide range of new salads at the deli counter, including tortellini, potato, and asparagus and salami. Stews and homemade soups were popular throughout the winter months. Still available is the homemade hot and sweet sausages – the perfect comfort food for dinner or entertaining. Carol is joined by new staffer, Wendi, who is at the ready to help customers. Carol is committed to the East Poultney community and has already joined the Chamber of Commerce, where she’s enjoyed meeting neighbors and fellow business owners. Ever civic-minded, Carol hopes eventually to become a member of the local Rotary chapter, where she can put her long history of volunteering to use in Vermont. Carol and Wendi are enjoying the summer – the store’s busiest season. Visitors from near and far count on the East Poultney General Store for vacation provisions such as prepared foods, beer and wine, fishing licenses, and authentic Vermont products.

Carole Stierle, owner. Stop by soon and check out the latest specials at the deli counter and don’t forget to say hello to Carol. The East Poultney General Store is located at 11 On the Green, East Poultney. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover, Visa and Master Card are now accepted at the store register.

So, you went to mow the lawn and your lawn mower doesn’t start. No problem – take it to the small engine expert. With 26-plus years of experience, you can count on Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest to identify and fix any problems with your equipment. Regular service or emergency service, Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest can rescue you! “Before you can spruce up your lawn,” Bruce Colvin warns, “you’ll want to make sure your own lawn mowers, tractors and trimmers are in good running condition.” Colvin said the “experts” at Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest in Castleton will fix any problems “fast.” Customers are urged to bring in mowers and trimmers early for quickest turnaround. Colvin has run his business from its location at 142 Blissville Rd. for sevenplus years. Colvin said he offers a “myriad of services, such as small-engine repair, parts and service for lawn tractors, push mowers, chain saws, roto-tillers, ice augurs, chippers, wood splitters and compact tractors." “I have been working 26-plus years in this line of work, and I’m the only one in the area that has a full line of logging supplies, skidder cables, chains, logger safety apparel and chain saw chains that can be made for any model saw,” he said. The store also carries oil and batteries. Why did Colvin open his business? “After the closing of Stevens Lawn and Garden, I felt it was important that people could still count on the same quality service that they were used to.

Bruce Colvin, owner. We work on any and everything we can get parts for.” Colvin added that most locations only service makes and models that they sell. He said the decision to lease the shop where he has been located for the last seven-plus years was a natural fit. “It was set up and ready to go, enabling me to start right up my business.” That business offers for sale a wide variety of brands, including Noma, Murray, Troybuilt, Ariens, Jiffy, Yard Machines, Cub Cadet, John Deere Wheelhorse and Solo DIY’s and commercial fire wood suppliers can find tough log splitters, including the Oregon 22 ton 6.5 horsepower Kohler Motor, 28 ton 9.5 horsepower Kohler Motor and a 22 ton 8.5 horsepower GX270, with a Honda Motor. Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest, your local Lawn and Forest service and supplier can be reached at 802-265-8708.

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O'Callahan's Pub & Grill

Castleton Family Health Center Primary care the way it should be

Carla Williams, manager, and Don Cahn, chef.

Great food and fun! O’Callahan’s Pub & Grill is a take on a classic establishment which is located on Main Street in Granville N.Y., only minutes from Lake St. Catherine and Whitehall, N.Y. We offer a pub menu and an extensive dinner menu, serving some of the finest dinners in the area. All of our breads, soups and desserts are homemade. Our specials are always something wonderful. We also offer a large selection of premium draft beers and

wines. Come meet the great staff and enjoy a nice evening out at O’Callahan’s Pub & Grill. We are open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Wednesday night is wing night. Thursday night is burger night. Visit or like us on Facebook and become a fan. For more information call 518-642-0200.

Castleton Family Health Center has been serving patients since 1967 and became part of the Community Health Center of the Rutland Region in October, 2004. CHCRR is devoted to improving access to a full range of comprehensive quality care services to individuals and families of all ages and stages of life, without regard to family income or insurance status. Castleton Family Health Center is the largest of seven CHCRR sites, which include Mettowee Valley Family Health Center in West Pawlet, Brandon Medical Center in Brandon, Rutland Community Health Center in Rutland, CHCRR Pediatrics in Rutland, and Community Dental in Rutland. Newly opened in 2015 is the new Shorewell Health Center. CHCRR provides a comprehensive array of health-care services in a bright, modern building located just north of Castleton Corners on Route 30. Our patients receive high-quality primary care, preventative and behavioral health services delivered by our staff of nine physicians, five nurse practitioners, and two licensed social workers. Our location offers on-site lab and X-ray services, specialized pediatric and women’s health care, diabetes education counseling and group classes, behavioral health and urgent care as well as a full-service pharmacy. We gladly welcome patients covered by Vermont and New York Medicaid and Medicare, and accept most major commercial insurances. For uninsured patients, we offer a sliding fee scale dis-

Castleton Family Health Center is open 7 days a week. count program based on household family income. This program is also available to senior citizens covered by Medicare but without a secondary insurance plan. At Castleton Family Health Center, we consider it a privilege to provide your health care. Whether you are looking for a pediatrician to assist you in raising a healthy child, a class to learn how to manage your diabetes, an annual physical, or you simply need a prescription filled, it is all available right here at Castleton Family Health Center. Our office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. New patients are always welcome. Call 802-468-5641 anytime during business hours or feel free to visit www.

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Everyday Flowers Finding inspiration in others' joy Emily Stockwell, owner of Everyday Flowers in Poultney, offers to her customers more than just flowers and balloons. The shop sells fruit baskets, silk flowers, house plants, stuffed animals and cards; essentially everything you need for a nice heartfelt gift. The shop offers a wide variety of floral bouquets to choose from and staff can create custom designs for any occasion, be it holidays, weddings, birthdays, custom funeral work, anniversaries, gifts, or simply a few flowers for that special Emily Stockwell, owner. someone. products that have made Everyday The shop can also make centerpieces, Flowers so popular among residents of boutonnières, bouquets, and wristlets the Lakes Region for over a decade. for weddings. The shop provides delivery to customBut flowers are only the tip of the ers in most of the Lakes Region which iceberg. includes Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, The shop prides itself on friendly and Middletown Springs, Orwell, Poultney, prompt service. The business has an Wells, Hampton, N.Y., and Granville, N.Y. extensive website where patrons can And because the shop is located in the view and order its products from the heart of the Lakes Region, you can be comfort of their home assured that your arrangement arrives The look of a happy customer’s face is in a vase, and not a box, at the peak of its all the inspiration Stockwell, now in her freshness. third year of ownership, needs. Everyday Flowers is located at 200 “I like to make people smile when Main St. in Poultney. The shop is open they get flowers,” she said. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through A Fair Haven native, Stockwell graduFriday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. ated from Pennsylvania College of The shop can be reached at 802-287-4094. Technology and lives in Castleton. She The shop’s website is www.everydaysaid fans of the shop can expect the same outstanding customer service and

Fat Tom's Tom Weise Auto Repair Pride in excellent work It’s been a year since Fat Tom’s/ Tom Weise Auto Repair moved to its new location, 21 Beaman Street, in Poultney, and he is happy to be here. They are a full-service garage that repairs automobiles and light trucks. They specialize in brake jobs, wheel alignments and custom exhaust. And for those looking to keep cool this summer, or interested in upgrading to a performance exhaust system, the business also repairs automobile air conditioning units and deals in Flowmaster brand mufflers and exhaust parts. “When you go to a car show somewhere, and see cars and trucks that you worked on, that you were a part of, it makes you proud,” Tom Weise, owner. explained owner Tom Wiese. “People are always surprised by the Wiese takes a tremendous friendly atmosphere and our speed and amount of pride and satisfaction in his ability to get the job done right the first work. He’s at home with a wrench in one hand and an exhaust bracket in the time,” said Wiese. “We’re a small local company. The other. “I’ve always worked on cars. money goes right back into local econoNothing sounds better than a car or my . We eat here and we live here. We’re truck with a well-tuned exhaust,” Wiese trying to do the best with what we have said. Wiese opened Fat Tom’s/Tom Weise during these tough times,” Wiese added. So whether you need new brakes, a Auto Repair in November of 2005. tune-up, your oil changed, new tires or Although there are many garages and auto repair facilities in the area, most any other vehicle repair, Fat Tom’s/Tom can’t match the skill, expertise and Weise welcomes you to stop by and check sophisticated equipment of Fat Tom’s/ out their new location. Fat Tom’s/Tom Weise Auto Repair is Tom Weise. Wiese also offers his clientele out- open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To contact them, call standing customer service. (802) 468-5877.

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Garden's N' Bloom Offering Vermont-grown plants “A love of plants” became “a long-time dream,” and that dream became Gardens N’ Bloom, located at 157 Dikeman Road in Hubbardton, one mile north of the Lake Bomoseen KOA Campround on Route 30. Owned and operated by Sylvia Demgard and Jane Colvin, the greenhouse business specializes in vegetables, flowers and herbal plants. Hanging baskets and perennials are additional products and, Demgard said, “We have a variety of heirloom plants.” Founded in 1995, Gardens N’ Bloom is located only yards from You will find a Demgard’s residence. “Even though some customers think we are way off Route 30, we are not, and we have lots of marker signs,” she said. Demgard notes that Gardens N’ Bloom is unique in that the greenhouse has “many annual flowers and perennials not seen at other greenhouses, and all are Vermont-grown. We also sell Vermont-grown Christmas trees, and we make wreaths and our own kissing balls.” The co-proprietor reports that people are “surprised to hear how long we have been in business, and wish that they had

Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

Granville Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

variety of plants at Gardens N' Bloom. stopped here before.” The aspect of the business Demgard says she and Colvin are most proud of are their “healthy plants and the compliments from customers on how well the plants have done for them.” So satisfied are the partners that Demgard reports that they see no need for any expansion, since “We’re happy the way the business is going.” She adds that the local business has seen many “first-timers” from 2014 return this year and new faces in 2015 who have either been by the signs or have seen their ad.

Promoting tourism and shopping The goal of a Chamber of Commerce is to promote the community as a destination for tourism and shopping. This goal is best achieved when we have the full cooperation of an entire town. Individuals, businesses, not for profits and organizations all joining together make up this thing we call “the chamber of commerce.” We have over 15 restaurants and places to get a bite to eat. We have a thriving Main Street with over 27 businesses, banks, a library and two museums. The beautiful Mettowee River runs through our town complete with a walking trail.

Please join us to find out what we can do for you and what you can do for the community. Basic annual membership is free the first year for newly formed local businesses and $60 for existing businesses. This basic membership provides a business listing by category on the Granville Chamber website. Each listing provides a free direct link to each member’s business website. Monthly meetings are open to everyone and take place the second Tuesday of each month. You can also call 518-642-2815 or visit our beautifully designed website at www.

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Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables, Local Meats, Eggs, Cider, Apples, Vegetables, Maple Products, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relishes, Home-Made Baked Goods, Regional Handmade Crafts All products are locally produced & all produce originates within 30 miles of the market from our local farmers.

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The Palms at Prospect Bay

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Now open on Lake Bomoseen

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This summer, visitors to the Lake Bomoseen area have a brand-new option for lakeside dining. In late May, the Sabataso family — owners of the popular Palms Restaurant, which has been a Rutland staple for more than 80 years — opened The Palms at Prospect Bay. The 110-seat restaurant, located inside the clubhouse of the Prospect Point Country Club on Route 30 in Bomoseen, features both inside and outside dining with unobstructed views of the lake. The restaurant also offers several docks so diners can easily arrive by land or by sea. “We’ve been considering opening a second loca- Scallop sliders are waiting for you at The Palms at tion for a couple years Prospect Bay. now,” said owner Jay guests will stay refreshed while relaxSabataso. “When the opportunity at Prospect Bay arrived, we ing by the fire pit, enjoying lawn games on the restaurant’s spacious front knew it was the right fit.” Sabataso says that while the menu lawn or listening to live music on the at Prospect Bay will be similar to the weekends. The Palms at Prospect Bay is open Rutland location, diners can “expect some surprises.” In addition to classic for lunch and dinner seven days a Italian-American dishes like chicken week. Hours are noon to 9 p.m., Sunday parmigiana and the Palms’ famous through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Delmonico steak, the menu also fea- Friday and Saturday. Reservations are tures new offerings such as scallop strongly recommended. For more information, call 802-671-8180, visit sliders and fish tacos with kale slaw. With a full bar featuring local or www.facedraught beer and craft cocktails,

O ’ S h e a Insurance Agency was established in 1964 and over the past 50 years has been building long-lasting relationships and helping clients protect their most valuable assets. We understand insurance and the importance of providing solid coverage at an affordable price. Our agents have a combined 100-plus years experience and will provide Give Jeannie, Zach or honest, sound and valuable advice on your insurance needs. The agency has seen the insurance needs of the area change over the years. Farms, once a staple of the local landscape, have experienced profound changes, and larger farms are now being replaced by gentleman farms or organic farms. Also, participation in farmers’ markets has become an important way of making a living. There are a multitude of variations from the original dairy farm and we have the knowledge and experience to provide the proper coverage for the needs of today. We also welcome the opportunity to discuss any type of business or personal insurance coverage with you. We have licensed and professional agents who handle daily these important needs for

Elaine a call today. our clients. Also, being near the lakes recreational insurance is an important aspect of our business. We insure homes, boats, recreational vehicles and jet skis. We have longstanding and reliable relationships with our carriers and provide a stable market for your insurance needs. You are not just a number. You are a valued client that deserves the very best service and knowledge. Whether you are looking for a quote, a review or have a mishap, you can expect honest, respectable service and a friendly helping hand. For a no-obligation review of your insurance coverage, please contact one of our professional agents. We are located at 1387 Rte 4AW in Castleton, or you may reach us at 802-265-4747.

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Hermit Hill Books

Heritage Family Credit Union

Seventeen years and going strong This year marks Hermit Hill Book’s 17th year in business – three years as a fledging business in Middletown Springs and 14 years in Poultney. It’s hard to believe that the time has gone so fast. When we first opened in Poultney in 2001, we barely had enough books to fill the front room. Now, we not only fill both rooms, but we are bursting at the seams. And there are more books waiting for room on the shelves. In addition, we are now able to order new books from Ingram, a book distributor, and have them in the store within two days. We are your neighborhood bookshop! The store specialties include history, poetry, science, nature literature, modern first editions, Owner Patty music, and a large collection of Vermontiana, featuring several books on Poultney. We have approximately 30,000 books in stock, but we’re constantly buying so it is worthwhile to stop by frequently and check our new arrivals cart. Hermit Hill Books is owned and managed by Patricia McWilliams. Her knowledgeable, furry, and friendly staff includes Cody, our official greeter; Maisie, backstock supervisor; Homer, who now carries the mantle of wise corgi; and Fiona, staff in training.

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Your community, your credit union McWilliams with Fiona and Homer. Hermit Hill Books is a member of the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association ( Drop in and see our wide selection of books or just stop by to pet the cats and dogs. We are located at 95 Main St., Poultney, or call 802-287-5757. You can also visit us at our website, www., or “like” us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you in the shop!

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Heritage Family Credit Union is a not-for-profit, federally chartered co-op that is owned by its more than 40,000 members. The credit union encourages savings by offering a good return. HFCU has nine branch locations, eight of which are located across Southern Vermont, and one in Hooksett, N.H. The credit union had its humble beginnings in 1956 when it was started by employees of General Electric. Since opening its doors, HFCU has grown substantially and now employs nearly 160 people, all of whom are committed to providing world-class member service. The credit union boasts over $380 million in assets and is one of the largest credit unions in Vermont. The local Heritage Family Credit Union branch is located at 67 Washington St. in Fair Haven. The branch has a team of six staff, including newly appointed branch manager Jim Oberg. The full-service credit union offers a variety of financial products and services including; share drafts, interest-bearing savings, ATM/ check cards, personal loans, auto loans, mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit, business services, student services, investments, insurance and retirement services, e-Branch home banking, e-Bill pay, mobile banking, and more. Additionally, all deposits at HFCU are federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration. “We have the friendliest staff,” said Bobbi Lussier, financial services rep-

resentative at HFCU’s Fair Haven branch. “We are willing to go above and beyond to help each and every one of our members.” Along with its dedication to serving your financial needs, the staff members at the Fair Haven branch are also actively involved in the Fair Haven community, volunteering time at Fair Haven Union High School and Fair Haven Concerned. The branch also “adopts” a family during the holiday season and participates in charitable events such as the March of Dimes. You are eligible to join HFCU if you live, work, worship, do business, or go to school in Rutland, Addison, Bennington, Windsor or Windham counties in Vt., or the town of Hooksett, N.H. As a member of the credit union, each of your family related by blood, marriage or adoption is entitled to join the credit union and take advantage of credit union services. In addition to its nine retail locations, HFCU also has 16 ATMs, free mobile and home banking services, and participates in the nationwide credit union CO-OP Shared Branching network. To learn more about Heritage Family Credit Union and its services please visit the staff at the Fair Haven branch, call us tollfree at 888-252-8932, or visit The Fair Haven Branch is open: Monday & Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Papillon Fashion Boutique

Green Mountain College Expanding degree completion program

The sales floor at Papillon Fashion Boutique located in Granville, N.Y.

A unique shopping experience Papillon Fashion Boutique has been serving the Granville area for almost two years now, where they specialize in modest women’s attire with their focus being on exquisite customer service. Papillon offers women a more relaxed shopping experience where they carry several brands in clothing but specialize in Tribal. More than a clothing store, Papillon also offers Lifetime Candles, Camille Beckman lotions, accessories and other great gift ideas, which are expanding all the time, for all occasions like anniversaries, hostess gifts, housewarmings, etc. Papillon is proud to introduce their new bridal section containing tiaras, garters, lingerie as well as other bridal and shower gifts. Owner, Patricia Hayward and daughter, manger Ashley Anderson, together with their support staff which includes her mother, Gail Lewis and daughter, Grete Miller, have more than 100 years of retail and customer service experience. Patty was the owner for more than 20 years of Simple Elegance Catering Service in Granville, which was preceded by Patsy’s Deli, formerly located on Main Street in Granville. Patty has said that her experience as a floor manager with Liz Clairborne in Manchester, Vt., and her own personal feelings about today’s fashions came together to shape her vision for Papillon. Her daughter Ashley worked side by side with Patty in her catering business before graduating Magna Cum Laude from Kaplan University in 2007 with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She then worked for six years for a prestigious Vermont attorney before joining Patty on her journey with Papillon. Patty’s mother Gail is a familiar face in the Granville area as she has worked

for several Granville businesses during her career. Her expertise in customer service together the many years of retail experience of Patty’s daughter Grete have been invaluable in developing the Papillon experience. Papillon offers a unique experience known as private showings at no charge to the customer. A person can call Papillon and schedule up to two hours of carefree shopping, during which time drinks and snacks are made available. During this private showing of three or more, the host receives 25 percent off their entire purchase, and the guests receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. “It’s a fun time out with the girls,” Patty said. “We want people to really enjoy their time here and give them an option. Before they had to go out of town. It saves time and money and it supports the community.” There are several special events that Papillon hosts each year but their favorite event is their spring fashion show. “This year’s show was amazing and we received wonderful support from the community,” said Ashley about their April 19 show. Papillon expanded to host two shows, and they look forward to adding more events throughout the year as they continue to grow. Pictures and two segments of this year’s show can be found at www.papillonfashionboutique. com under Fashion Show. Next year’s show is to be announced. Papillon Fashion Boutique is located at 202 Aldous Rd in Granville just one mile off Route 22 at the intersection of Route 22 and Route 22A. They are open Wednesday through Friday, 1-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. They can be reached at 518-683-6997. They’re worth the trip.

Kerry O. Furlani slate carver CUSTOM DESIGN & LETTERING

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Green Mountain College has expanded its online degree completion program to include a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies along with the bachelor of science in business introduced last year. The program builds on GMC’s strengths in online learning. “We have a lot of expertise developing rich online content for students,” said William Prado, director of the two undergraduate programs. “The fundamental strengths of the program are grounded in the same educational experience our residential students receive including small classes, close mentoring by knowledgeable and committed faculty members, and career opportunities that result from joining an active and well-connected learning community.” The primary reason students choose online courses from Green Mountain College is that they can get the same exceptional education that students living on campus receive, but with a greater degree of flexibility. Students can log in any time and work around their busy schedules. There are no more than 20 students in each class, so students communicate directly with their peers and receive plenty of attention from their instructor. The two online programs are designed to help working professionals who have already completed at least 48 credits of undergraduate courses finish their undergraduate education. Students will complete an additional 48 credits of core curriculum at GMC to graduate. Students can submit work life credits based on their background by preparing a portfolio with a third party that can help define work accomplishments, experiences and strengths to potentially satisfy core coursework. Students who complete the

Green Mountain College is located in Poultney. program are also offered an inside track to a master’s degree. Graduates of the program who attain an average GPA of 2.75 and two years of business practitioner experience may apply directly to one of the College’s four online graduate programs. Full-time students will typically complete the degree program in about two and one-half years. “As the economy focuses more on the triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit), consumers and companies will seek employees with backgrounds in sustainability to help them achieve their highest efficiency while reducing the negative impact of their operations,” said Prado. “We don’t just teach our students how to live and compete today. We teach our students how to improve and compete in the ever-changing world we face tomorrow.”


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Whitehall, NY

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Tot's Diner Customers are our family Tot’s Diner opened in 1996. Since then, Owner Theresa O. Turner reports, “I have met such wonderful people, including a couple of the governors of Vermont, in the 19 years of my business. We hope to think we are a friendly and homey place to come.” “My customers are the best! We laugh a lot and throw smart remarks back and forth. We know everyone by name and just because our logo says ‘We don’t make mistakes, you just forgot what you Alison Dunlap, Theresa Turner, Casandra Vanguilder and ordered’ … how true this Kaylee McWaters, not pictured Nina Corbin. is.” care of five cottages at the lake and she Tot's is still going now helps with the fundraising at the strong. She added that the Poultney Rotary parish for St. Raphael’s church, along Club meets at Tot’s every Thursday and with Father Dan. She also wanted to give a personal thank you to her friends and the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce also meets there once a co-workers at the church for all their month. When GMC comes into town, it’s hard work and dedication – Betsy nice to meet the new students. We always Wescott, Chris Gamble, Emily Skovira remember them! Our customers are our and Kirsten Wagner. “Thank you all.” Located at 25 Main St., Poultney, Tot’s family!! Diner is open Monday through Friday Crissy Loomis has worked here for 16 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday from 6 years; Nina Corbin has been here for a.m. until 1 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. eight years. Kaytee McWaters works part-time and Allison Dunlap is now a until noon. Give us a call to set up for your next part of our team. “We are a fun bunch meeting, take out order or just to chat at and look forward to meeting everyone 802-287-2213. Come on over and have a and sharing some good times and a good great conversation and “forget what you laugh.” In Theresa’s spare time, she takes ordered - because we won’t remember if you don’t.”

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Vermont Artworks at Earth and Time Studio and Gallery Featuring local and international art Trish and Joe Capron opened Earth and Time Studio Gallery on Route 30 in Wells almost seven years ago. The retail gallery sells original works by Vermont artisans in a variety of mediums, including sculptures, paintings, slate, photography, stained glass and pottery. Antiques, handbags, candles, clothing and accessories, Vermont maple Joe and Trish Capron, owners. syrup and honey are also among the specialitems made from local quarries. Working ty items available. Works of art range from internation- within the medium of slate for more ally known to some of Vermont’s best- than 35 years, Joe’s signature creations kept secrets. Robert Birbeck’s unique include clocks, welcome signs, trivets and original sculptures in wood and and candle bases. The Caprons are former art teachers. stone reside in galleries and homes around the world. Some of Vermont’s Joe Capron has retired from the best-kept secrets include artists such as Whitehall, NY, school district and also Rebecca Raymond and Vicky Stevens, helps with the Wells Historical Society whose specialties are watercolor, while in gathering all its artifacts and Wells Bob Hamblen’s hallmark is his detailed family histories. Trish and Joe are most proud of the oil paintings of Vermont and Lake St. gallery’s ability to showcase the work of Catherine. The studio also carries one-of-a-kind many local artists and to provide our designer handbags made by neighbor community with a center for art and Judy Dreher, which are hand-knit with creativity. The Earth and Time Studio fine wool. The Earth and Time Studio Gallery is open year-round, 10 a.m. to 5 Gallery co-owner Joe Capron features p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and his own pottery and hand-crafted slate noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

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(802) 468-5441 POULTNEY ROTARY CLUB Serving the community since 1927

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Donate to our huge silent auction Sign up to run in our 5k race Cash prizes totaling over $1,000 is now in preparation and All proceeds benefit the WE NEED COOKERS! Poultney Community

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Kerry O. Furlani


Using local slate to create art

Poultney gets clothing boutique

Kerry O. Furlani is known for her expressive slate carvings of incised and burgeoning forms. She began her career as a journalist at The Christian Science Monitor in Boston but discovered that her happiest hours were spent making sculptures after her formal work day had ended. In the late 1990s after a stint in Dublin, Ireland, she went to England to study at the Frink School of Figurative Sculpture. Introduced there to traditional hand-carving Kerry Furlani tools and techniques, she discovered a special affinity for carving forms using the timeless materials of stone and wood. In 2001, she came to Vermont to work with the local marble but found the beautiful colors and soft quality of slate held her interest most. “From roof tops to landscaped pathways, I was struck by this region’s abundance of slate,” she said. “I was also drawn to the durable quality of slate as a carving material in the exquisite examples of carved 16th and 17th century slate headstones I discovered in nearby cemeteries. This stone seemed an ultimate fit for my desire to develop my skills as a hand carver, experiment with relief carving, and work as a contemporary carver in a tradition and verve connected to colonial New England.” For over a decade, Furlani has shown a growing body of slate work (panels, benches, tables, sculpture, lettering work) at various galleries and museums throughout New England. She has had solo shows at The Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY-Queensbury and the Slate Valley Museum, in Granville, NY. Her studio is in the Journal Press in Poultney, near to the slate quarries that feed her muse. She makes her living on the sale of her art and commissions. In 2010, with the support of a Vermont Arts Council Grant, the sculptor traveled to Wales to study under John Neilson, a master letter carver. The three-month apprenticeship resulted in an exhibit, “Words to Stone: The Carved Lettering of Kerry O. Furlani,” which has been shown in Vermont galleries. Many of her lettering pieces are fragments she has retrieved from Vermont quarries and river beds, stone yards and backyards. She finds inspiration from the shapes of these slate remnants.

Furlani also finds inspiration in her instincts for play and her love of ancient carvings, poetry, music, and the natural world. “My hope is to make work that will stir the imagination and speak to the heart,” she said. Preservation and promotion of hand lettering design is also important to her practice. “Hand-drawn letter forms and spacing are judged by eye, not computers or rulers,” she said. “Central to good lettering design is rhythm, spacing, and balance.” Furlani spends as much work on the drawing of her lettering forms as she does on the carving. A beautiful carved letter is only as good as its design, she says. The sculptor favors a wide spectrum of custom work because she wishes to provide something beautiful for every budget. A range of commissions she offers from her slate pickings in her studio: Letters on pebbles, family name plaques and house numbers, dog markers and portraits. Larger commission work includes commemorative and architectural pieces for public and private spaces, cathedrals and cemeteries, and private collections. Recent projects have included a marble baptismal font for the cathedral at St. George’s School in Newport, RI and a public memorial plaque for Middlebury which can be viewed along the banks of the Otter Creek river in the historic Marble Works district. This past winter, with the help of the Poultney Historic Society, Furlani secured a Vermont Arts Council grant to bring her stone lettering to downtown Poultney. Her winning proposal, The Silent Friend Slate Project, wishes to breathe life into Vermont’s rich slate history and establish a Slate Sentinel Gateway at the top of Main Street that will bring greater visitation to Poultney’s business district. The sculptor offers summer slate carving workshops in her studio and public carving demonstrations at schools and in community events in and around Vermont. For more information, please contact Furlani at 802-855-7501 or kofsculptor@ Her work can be viewed at She welcomes studio visits by appointment.

Poultney area residents now have a new option for unique clothing and accessories at Button, located at 188 Main Street. The new shop offers women’s clothing, accessories and gifts, as well as some children’s items and men’s graphic tees. Owner Serena Gallagher said that she is focusing her inventory on new hand-made, fair trade and organic fabrics. “We hope to offer a fun, unique shopping experience,” said Gallagher. She plans to grow the inventory to provide items that people say they want or need. Items offered for sale include one-of-a-kind handmade pieces from sustainable fabric, purses from bottle caps, and hand-hammered copper jewelry. Gallagher said that she decided to open the business to offer something new Serena Gallagher, owner. and different to Poultney. grow and be a destination town in “There was nowhere to buy clothing Vermont for Vermonters and visitors.” in Poultney,” she said. “I thought openButton is open Monday through ing a clothing store that fit in with the Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 sustainability and local feel that this a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 188 Main community works hard to accomplish Street, Suite 1 in Poultney. Serena can be would be a huge asset to the communireached at 884-8166, at, galty.” or check the “Our town is small but special,” she shop’s Facebook page. commented. “I want to see Poultney

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Mars Insurance has been around since 1940. They offer insurance for nearly all of your insurance needs. “We represent upwards of a dozen various insurance companies,” Jeffrey Ams, owner, said. “This gives us a depth of markets that allows us to offer clients the right coverage while being able to respond to price changes among the companies. I get a kick out all the TV insurance ads you see. The fact is we can compete with most anything you see on TV and can offer the same discounts the ads talk about. “I’ve seen a real interest in people wanting to Renee Schoonmaker, Wendy Parker, Teddy and Jeff Ams. shop locally rather than the phone rings and it is someone who dealing with someone you don’t know was referred by an existing customer. sitting who knows where.” That means we are getting the job done Ams, along with Renee Schoonmaker for our clients. The insurance marketand Wendy Parker, staff the office and place has gotten more difficult due to are there for both sales and service of tougher underwriting standards, but we their client’s policies. They encourage have been able to help our personal and folks to stop in or call when they need commercial clients weather through insurance quoted or serviced. these changes.” Wendy is the most recent to join the The folks at Mars would welcome the team at Mars Insurance. She brings a lot chance to help you with your personal, of good experience to the office after business or life insurance needs. They being in the banking business for many are located at 145 Main Street in Wells. years. They can be reached at 802-645-0775 or “We have been very busy this year,” Jeff said. “It is always rewarding when

Stitchy Women owned and operated by Mary Lee Harris can be found at 144 Main Street, Poultney. Vt. Look for the picket fence and green awning. In reflecting on the last eight years, Harris notes that retiring from 40 years in office management and accounting to running a yarn shop was a wonderful idea. “I have enjoyed this time meeting new friends, lear ning new knitting techniques, including an attempt at spinning, weaving on a triangular loom and now a rectangular loom and expanding my hobby to an occupation. The benefits of retirement is enjoying the company of friends while knitting up a new cre- Mary Lee Harris, owner. ation and being surrounded by are making pocketbooks, animals or beautiful fibers inspiring new ideas; so mittens. You cannot get any warmer many years and now there is time,” she mitten than our Minnesota Felted said. Mittens. “We carry many feltable yarns Stitchy Women carries a large inven- such as Cascade, Lopi, Kertzner, Cherry tory of yarns, patterns and needles Tree Hill, Green Mountain Spinnery to perfect for all levels of fiber artists, name a few. Be sure to check out the from beginners to experts. The shop new Alpine Boot Slipper pattern,” carries yarns such as Cherry Tree Hill Harris said. and Green Mountain Spinnery which Not felted, but another new and very are from Vermont as well as a large popular pattern is the Snowboarders selection of Cascade, Plymouth, Hat; this is knitted with two strands of Kertzner, Knitting Fever, Universal, bulky weight yarn and is done on size Malabringo, Eruo Yarns and many 15 needles making it a quick knit. I more. have had to reorder this pattern several “Alpaca is big this year for sweaters, times. hats and scarves, let your imagination “We now carry a selection of run wild. Ecological Wool from Cascade which We have a selection of Alpaca Sock has 478 yards in a skein,” Harris said. Yarn from Classic Elite too. Alpaca is “These have been a big hit for felting, so soft you want to walk around hug- sweaters as well as for afghans. In addiging it like a teddy bear Stop in to feel, tion to the Ecological Wool from we are not like Mr. Whipple in ‘Don’t Cascade we now have Ecological squeeze the Charmin;’ we encourage alpaca/ merino blend to add to our you to touch,” Harris said. Cascade line. It is soooooo soft. Also “Summer is here. We carry a variety new is a great selection of bulky yarns of cotton yarn and have samples of a such as the Big Wheel and Swaddle by child’s sundress with a knitted top and Cascade, Night & Day, and Maypole by a fabric bottom as well as ladies’ tank Euro, Acteca by Katia, and Flutterby tops. Cotton is perfect for dishcloths and Marable Chunky by James Brett. and many other uses.” There is also a new selection of lace For the sock knitter, everyone loves yarns.” the self-patterning sock yarn, which is Classes are scheduled throughout knitted on size 0-3 needles. The shop the year. Call to make an appointment carries several brands of sock yarn and we can set up lessons to fit your such as Cherry Tree Hill, Plymouth, schedule. Thursday afternoons there is Indulgence by Knitting Fever and sev- a Sit & Knit from 1-4 p.m. eral which are on special. For knitters “Weather permitting, in the summer wanting a quicker knit, Plymouth has a we sit out under the awning otherwise self-patterning yarn that knits nicely we have the knitting circle in the front on size 6 needles. This yarn is great for window where we can sit and watch the children’s sweaters, hats, scarves and world go by,” Harris said. “We have a mittens. Drop in to see just how quickly self-serve coffee and tea area, lots of you can create a pattern without the laughter and even some knitting.” fuss of changing colors. In addition we Credit cards, VISA/Mastercard and/ have yarn from Universal that will give or personal checks are acceptable. Yarn you a tapestry pattern all by itself. can be put on layaway with a 25-percent Remember the novelty yarn of a deposit and payments of 25 percent per couple of years ago. The shop still has a week. Store hours will remain the supply but with new patterns and ideas. same: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday For the spinner, we now carry a from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 large variety of roving such as Romney, a.m. to 4 p.m. Our telephone number is Islanic, Alpaca and various other wools. 802-287-4114 and e-mail is stitchywomCome check them out. Look for us “Felting is still popular whether you on the web at

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Church Street Market and Guest Suite A general store and a place to stay A year and a half ago, Church Street Market and Guest Suite was only a dream of Kathy Stephens. She was living in Cincinnati, working as a software administrator just wondering what it would be like to follow her heart and open a general store in a small New England town. Her circumstances eventually opened doors, and she moved to West Pawlet, where she bought a two-story, twofamily home, and renovations began. Over the next year and a half, she transformed one section of the building into a general store and the upstairs into a guest suite. Although she had no business experience, she quickly learned about permits, building codes, and business restrictions, and eventually emerged as a knowledgeable entrepreneur. Church Street Market and Guest Suite was finally opened May 22. The focus of the market is local goods, and it has a variety of meats, cheeses, other dairy products, and produce. As well, there are gifts and goods from local food specialties. Kathy further utilizes her own forte by stocking the store with homemade baked goods and Kathy Stephens, owner. sandwiches and salads. The store is fresh-baked goods to get the guests’ a great stop for breakfast, lunch or morning started. a quick snack. The suite is perfect for an overnight The business was not the only emphasis of Kathy’s vision. She want- stay on a person’s way through town, ed to create a place for people to gather or as a “home base” while exploring and get to know each other. One of her Vermont and upstate New York. Picnic favorite parts of the business is when items can be purchased for day trips, people stop by and she gets to know and the front porch is there to greet them over a cup of coffee. She has a guests in the evenings to relax from an great front porch for rocking, and has enjoyable day out. Kathy states that her friends and made her tag line, “Come sit a while.” Even though she has only been open family back in Ohio think she is somefor a short time, she says she has got- where between crazy and courageous ten to know some interesting people, for following her dream. For Kathy, it is and that is what she desired as a part the chance of a lifetime. And so far, she has not been disappointed. of her New England dream. The Market is open Tuesday through The Guest Suite accommodates four people with two bedrooms, a sitting Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guest Suite area, and a luxurious bathroom. A reservations may be secured online small refrigerator, microwave, and cof- through AirBnb, or by calling Church feemaker are also provided, as well as Street Market.

Pawlet Station Home cooking in a friendly atmosphere Sit back, stay awhile; we’ve started a little place to hang out. Enjoy home-cooked food, a sweet treat or just a cup of coffee that we grind on premises. Welcome to the Pawlet Station, a local spot that has been part of the Pawlet community since the 60s when this historic train depot was relocated from Wallingford, Vt. How did we get into the restaurant biz? Well, that is an interesting story. Our experience has nothing to do with running them and everything to do with eating in them. We know the kind of Husband and wife Tony Kroeber and Stacy experience we enjoy, one that Lastrina with chef and manager Mark Rees begins to feel like your own kitchand listening to them, so that is what we en with a crew of people that have your did. Our team is lead by Mark Rees at the coffee waiting the way you take it and grill and includes Mel, Leslie, Cindy, know before you ask how you like your Britney, Martha, Jamie and Claudia. Tom food prepared. Familiar faces, a spot you is the fill-in busboy, and I like to bake my always sit in, owners whose names you mom’s recipes and give them away to know and no special request is denied. folks while they wait for their breakfast. After years working at our careers we About the food – it is exactly what you left New York City and Connecticut (yes, would expect in a casual local spot like we are “flatlanders”) to move to Vermont this: from-scratch cooking for breakfast, to enjoy a more calm and meaningful lunch and dinner. House specialties life. Eighteen chickens, three goats, include corned beef hash, eggs benedict, three sheep, two donkeys, an ornery Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, grilled rooster and one spectacular grandson Reuben, Thanksgiving panini, chicken later, while not as calm as we had marsala, Mark’s killer spaghetti and planned, we fell in love with everything meatballs, and prime rib on Friday about Pawlet, including The Station nights. Don’t forget our fresh-squeezed where Tom quickly became a regular at orange juice for Sunday mimosas and all the counter – and so it began. When the the peanuts you can eat! previous owner was ready to move on, There is no better way to get to know Tom was compelled to give it a go. your community by name than by feedWhat we both know about running ing them, and we hope we are doing a businesses is that it is all about hiring good job! the right people that have the experience

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Adirondack Natural Stone

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record sales year in 2015. Since opening Plans are moving forward Adirondack Natural Stone for a new building and in 1996, owner Andre expansion of the yard in Hagadorn still believes in 2015. Their sister company, doing business with a handApex Equipment shake and doing business International, has had respectively and honestly great success being the sole and is known in the indusUS representative of the try worldwide for his strong Italian manufactured business ethic and quality Steinex stone splitting product. equipment. Overseas conOverseeing his business tainers arrive monthly, givfrom quarrying to producing Apex Equipment the tion has allowed Andre and Andre Hagadorn, owner. competitive advantage by Adirondack Natural Stone to offer a complete line of superior build- having equipment available for immediing and landscaping stone, not only local- ate sale. Adirondack Natural Stone is a familyly, but worldwide. Adirondack Natural Stone’s fabrication shop can make cus- operated business with dedicated employtom hearths, mantles, steps, treads and ees who enjoy working with customers sills. They can help you obtain those spe- and understand the value of excellent cial cuts and sizes for your project creat- customer service, setting them apart ing a look of longlasting beauty and from competitors. Striving to bring new strength only stone can purvey. The thin ideas and innovated product ideas to veneer line has become very popular their customers, Adirondack Natural because it is easy and cost effective to Stone attends acclaimed architectural install. Thin veneer offers the look of full shows every year such as the ABX show stone, has a much less weight bearance in Boston, Stone Expo in Las Vegas, New per square foot than full stone, and will England Grows in Boston and the MANTS not deteriorate like a composite, adding show in Baltimore. Stop by and visit the showroom locatvalue and longevity to your project. Along with the thin veneer line, they offer full ed on 8986 State Route 4 in Whitehall bed-building stone and landscaping stone. between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Other products available include blue- Monday through Friday and Saturdays stone, fieldstone, polymeric sand and by appointment. Please call 518-499-0602 tools for working with stone. New equip- and check out the website at www. ment in the thin veneer shop as well as Delivery the fabication shop in 2014, has enabled service is available both for both bulk and the company to grow and keep up with palletized material. Visit Adirondack the demand for the thin veneer stone as Natural Stone today and let them assist you in building that stone structure the product line grows in popularity. The company is on track for another you’ve always dreamed of.

Experience historic elegance in this circa 1867 French Second Empire Vermont bed and breakfast on the village green in Fair Haven. Honored again in 2015 with the Trip Advisor Excellence award making that distinguised honor for 4 years consecutively. Unmatched in the area is the grandeur and elegance of the Marble Mansion Inn. You are invited to come enjoy and unwind in the opulence of a 19th-century marble mansion and marvel at 12-foot-high ceilings decorated with intricate Georgian style plaster crown moldings and ceiling medallions. Curl up with a good book in front of one of the twin marble fireplaces in the double parlor with gleaming herringbone pattern wood floors and double crystal chandeliers. We are offering not only a relaxing break but a unique experience by taking in the history of the mansion, which was built in 1867 in the French Second Empire style by relatives of Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen. The Allen family was one of Vermont‘s first marble investors. At the time marble was readily available and inexpensive to harvest, and Ira Allen decided to build a grand home made of Vermont marble. The intricacies put into the three-story mansion make it unique in character and grandeur, from its handcarved marble mantles around all seven fireplaces to the plaster crown moldings gracing the 12-foot ceilings. To see it is to truly take a step back in time when cost was measured by the finished product and not by the hours to complete the job. We hope your stay with us will be measured by the finished product, along with

Marble Mansion Inn is located in Fair Haven on the town green. our amenities and dedicated attention to your needs, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. We have twelve rooms elegantly furnished awaiting your arrival. Nine rooms named after a famous author. Enjoy the oriental flair of the Rudyard Kipling room, read “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the William Shakespeare room, or discover the fantasy world of Middle Earth in the J.R.R. Tolkien room. The Art Deco suite features two spacious rooms with two bathrooms, one connecting for the family or guests that need larger accommodations. Rooms start at $80 with breakfast. New in 2015 is the Secret Garden room. Please visit the rest of our site to learn more about getting a break from the hectic world in our Vermont B&B or contact us in advance for reservations. Click on “Reservation Request,” and we’ll be more than happy to help you find a date to experience the glamour of the 1800s. www. 12 West Park Place, Fair Haven, 802-265-4556.

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One of Granville’s newest businesses, the Beverage Warehouse LLC, has opened its doors at 87 Quaker St. The store is owned by Jennifer Saunders and Lori Linendoll and is managed by Josh Craft. The Beverage Warehouse offers beer, soda, ice and tobacco. Services include a 6-cent bottle redemption, kegs, and now, a growler station. The store also features a huge walk-in beer cave. “We were anxious to work with the public and offer a service that could keep shoppers local,” Lori said. “We wanted to be a part of the great community of Granville and the Lakes Region.” Linendoll said that Jennifer Saunders and Lori Linendoll, owners. people would be surimproving every day.” prised to know just how In the future, the Beverage Warehouse hard they are willing to work to keep aims to continue to bring in new prodtheir customers happy. “We try our best to cater to every cus- ucts every week. “We live, shop and hire local,” said tomer, from special orders to even carryJennifer. “It makes good sense to support ing out your bags,” she said. Jennifer pointed out how proud she is each other so the community of Granville can continue to thrive.” of her team of dedicated employees. The Beverage Warehouse is open “We began this business with a lot to Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to learn,” Saunders commented. “Thanks to our salesmen, distributors and won- 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. derful employees, we are learning and The store can be reached at 518-642-8071.

Kinney Pike Insurance was established in 1904 in Rutland, and has grown to become one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Northern New England. With seven offices throughout Ve r m o n t , Kinney Pike is a full-service independent insurance agency special- L-R: Karen Heibler, Paula Donaldson, Renee Howard and Diane izing in com- Roberts. mercial insurbest coverage at the best price for your ance, personal insurance and employee home, auto, or other assets,” stated benefits advisory services. Our indepenRenee Howard. “Make certain your rentdent agency structure means that we can al properties, second homes, ATVs and select among the broadest possible range recreational vehicles are fully covered.” of insurance offerings. Our local Kinney Pike holds the distinction of Vermont specialists are here to help you being Vermont’s only Assurex Global navigate complicated insurance deciPartner, a prestigious international consions and guide you to the resources to sortium of top brokers worldwide, and better protect you. has been chosen as Vermont’s only Best With many carriers to choose from, Practices Agency by the Independent Kinney Pike is well-positioned to look Insurance Agents and Brokers of for asset protection for clients and their America since 1995. businesses. Renee Howard, who managCall 802-287-9881 or stop in Kinney es the Poultney branch, works with cliPike Insurance at 199 Main St. in ents to determine the specific coverage Poultney. Their friendly staff can proneeded at an affordable price. vide a no-obligation quote or review of “Be sure your personal assets have your policy. www.kinneypike. sufficient protection from loss or vandalcom<> ism. Our employees will shop to find the

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Let us cater your next event So, you have that special occasion coming up and don’t want to do the cooking and actually enjoy the party. No problem – just call Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli. The deli crew can handle any catering job, big or small. Meat and cheese, veggie, and sandwich platters, salads, hot dishes – you name it. If it is breakfast, lunch or dinner you are looking for, no problem! Call in advance to pick up your order or just stop in. You won’t mind waiting, there’s plenty of friends stopping in. The hours are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers can grab breakfast with a cup of coffee or come in and get a great lunch. Choose from daily lunch specials Monday

through Friday or subs made to order. Fresh homemade salads are on the menu also. An eight-inch sub is $5.25 and a 12-inch sub is just $6.75. Boneless wings or bone–in wings are available in mild, hot, BBQ or garlic parmesan. A 20-inch cheese pizza is $14 every day. Take advantage of the Friday pizza special if you don’t want to cook after a long work week: a 20-inch cheese pizza is just $11. Liberty Street Discount Beverage and Deli offers an extensive selection of wines, over 400 and the coldest beer selection around. The Vermont Liquor Outlet also carries a large selection of fine liquors. Stop by Liberty Street, Fair Haven, or call us at 802-265-3820.

Friendly, professional service Longevity in today’s competitive business climate is a rarity, earned only by those businesses with an unwavering dedication to offering the best in goods and service. Such is the dedication shown by American Hardware at 57 Church St. in Granville. Founded in 1972, American Hardware has weathered a name change and a move from its original site at Church and Main treets to its much bigger location. Today it’s owned by David Linendoll and Kyle Hunter and managed by Kyle’s sister, Wendy Hunter, and they have maintained the full-service hardware store’s longstanding tradition. “We’re a family-owned business and have been for four generations,” said Linendoll, who worked in the business since graduating from high school in 1977 before purchasing his share of the partnership in 1989. Kyle became David’s business partner in 1994 when his father, Bob Hunter, retired. American Hardware offers a full line of hardware and related supplies. Whether it’s nails, tools, paint, plumbing or electrical supplies, the store is well-stocked with any items needed to address any project around the house. American Hardware has rentals – floor sanders, carpet cleaners, jackhammers, hammer drills – and bagged goods such as concrete, mortar, solar salt, sand, mulch, birdseed, as well as bulk supplies of nails, screws, slate hooks, kero wicks, and Forney welding supplies. “Ninety percent of the time when a

customer says, ‘I know you don’t have this; I’ve been from Rutland (Vt.) to Glens Falls and I can’t find one,’ we have it in stock on the shelf,” Wendy Hunter said. American Hardware also carries a full line of swimming pool supplies, including chemicals such as chlorine and HTH, testing kits, thermometers and skimmers; plus a full line of appliances, featuring G.E. products. American Hardware features a stateof-the-art computerized paint color matching system that affords customers a choice of more than 2,000 colors, and it offers a variety of services, including window and screen repair, pipe threading, stove pipe cutting and crimping, faxing and propane tank refills. We have recently expanded with a full line of Rustoleum paints and we now stock Varathene stains and polyurethanes. Experience is key: David has 38 years, Wendy 24 years, Kyle 23 years, Roy Rathbun has 17 years and David Guest has been here for two years. In our Salem store, located on Main Street in the historic downtown, Tom and Dominic are always there to help you. “We give friendly, personal service, for which we pride ourselves; we are customer friendly, and we know most of our customers by their first names,” Kyle said. American Hardware is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Contact American Hardware at 518-642-1334 or Salem Hardware at 518-854-3113.

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Wood's Agency, Inc. Generations of excellent service The Wood’s Agency, located in historic downtown Fair Haven, has over 60 years of experience in the insurance business. Wood’s Agency’s Calvi family provides insurance throughout the Lakes Region of Rutland County. In fact, many customers have continued with the Wood’s Agency even when they move to “all corners of Vermont.” This is proof that the service, quality and honesty have been a tradition for all these years. Three generations of Calvi’s have been merchants in downtown Fair Haven. Tony started “Calvi’s,” a family-operated ice cream parlor, in the early 1900s. Anne Marie Calvi-Mahar and David Calvi, owners. Ned purchased the Wood’s Agency their insurance needs. These connecin the early ’60s along with the downtown historic building where the tions to the community and area continoffice has been continuously located. He ue to help the agency grow and provide and Loraine operated the business until an excellent insurance service. The Wood’s Agency has a strong repuretirement when their son and daughter, David Calvi and Ann Marie Mahar, took tation with several local real estate agents and attorneys. These referrals over about 20 years ago. The Wood’s Agency is a long-standing meet the needs of second home buyers. member of Vermont Insurance Agents So, whether you are purchasing a new Association (VIAA) and Independent home or have a policy up for renewal, Insurance Agents. Ann Marie and David Wood’s Agency can solve your insurance are the agents to provide insurance needs with the best companies and rates. needs, so give them a call or stop in any- Ann Marie and David are up to date on time. They specialize in personal and the replacement cost of high-valued homes and the changing value of conbusiness insurance. A proud measure for the business is struction. The Wood’s Agency is open Monday the countless number of referrals it receives from satisfied clients. Ann through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call us any time at 802-265-3640. (Fax Marie and David value your business 7840) or email and support, and when you refer a new customer, they do their best to satisfy

Whitehall Marina and Tavern at Lock 12

Whitehall Marina and Tavern at Lock 12 is open and ready to assist you.

Stop by and meet the new owner Warm greetings and a smile await boaters when they arrive at the Whitehall Marina on Lock 12, located on 7 Main St. in Whitehall, NY. Knowledgeable, friendly staff will be there to greet boaters and assist them with docking, launching and amenity information. Lynn Wagemann purchased the marina in 2014 and has steadily brought the marina back to life. The full-service marina boasts the best gas prices in the area, attentive staff and onsite boating amenities. Also located at the marina is a full-service bait shop, canvas repair shop, small supply store and a service mechanic with 20+ years of service to handle any situation that may arise. Marina manager

Justin oversees the daily operations making sure the marina is ship shape. Justin has 15+ years experience. He and his staff look forward to making the Whitehall Marina a destination stop, not just a stop along the way. Newly opened in June is the Tavern at Lock 12. The menu features pub fare, fresh steak, pasta and seafood specials , and is sure to please everyone. The tavern and restaurant seats 99 and diners will enjoy a unique waterside dining experience. All are invited to stop by or call 518-499-9700 or visit them on the web at www.whitehallmarinaatLock12. com




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Modern Woodmen of America

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L-R: Rich, Allison, Logan, Ean, Paul, Mike, Tim and Dan. Modern Woodmen of America is located in Wells.

Become a part of something great Established in 1901 as Camp 10,244, the Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal Insurance group based in Illinois. The MWA in Wells has become a family-oriented, non-profit organization with a major goal of providing a community center and to aid the citizens of Wells and neighboring communities. Its major source of funding is Bingo. The profits from Bingo have been used throughout the area in the form of scholarships, family dinners, support of area fire departments and rescue squads, churches, and many schools and sports programs. The Woodmen have also built handicap ramps in the area: 14 so far. It has provided handicap equipment and aid for personal emergencies for many area families.

For over 70 years it has held carnivals and Christmas parities for all members and area children/families. Being part of this group is most rewarding as members volunteer their time to support their community and families. Members encourage those who are interested in becoming members of this great organization and to be part of its motto: “There is a destiny that makes us brothers. None shall go his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Stop in and become a part of something great. This year the Modern Woodmen of American will be celebrating its 77th anniversary of the Wells Carnival.

Repairs on all makes and models Rich Moss and Dan McMurry Jr. started R & D Automotive Inc. in Castleton in 2005, and they’ve been growing ever since by building a reputation for mechanical ability (they truly can “fix it all”), with an emphasis on customer service. The team offers automotive repairs on all makes and models from oil changes and Vermont State Inspections, to brakes, shocks and tires, engines and transmissions, (and everything in between); they’ll get you back on the road in no time. Now available 24 hours a day for roadside assistance, towing and recovery, they have also partnered with AAA, Allstate, GEICO and more as a local emergency services provider. R&D employs five full-time technicians (plus Rich and Dan), and three tow truck operators. They are centrally located on

Main Street in Castleton to provide a full slate of automotive services to customers from all over Rutland County to Whitehall and even Granville, N.Y. Earlier this year they underwent a large expansion, increasing their capacity from five car and truck lifts to 11 while adding a brand new customer reception and waiting area that offers free wifi and coffee and also includes a beautiful front porch and deck to use during good weather while waiting for your car to be repaired. Is your vehicle down and out? Call to schedule an appointment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays at 802-4685268. If you are in need of roadside assistance, you can call 800-853-7574 nights or weekends. Or stop in and see the new facility at 1015 Main St., Castleton, Vt.

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BAYADA Home Health Care

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Whether you are recovering after a hospitalization or need help to manage chronic health conditions, BAYADA Home Health Care can help you stay safe in the comfort of home – where you want to be. Our experienced team of health professionals in our Rutland office provides shortterm, Medicare-certified services to adults and seniors in Rutland, Addison, and Windsor counties. We help clients manage many conditions and diagnoses safely at home, such as cardiac, wound, and orthopedic issues, as well as respiratory illness, neurological dis- BAYADA Therapist Jenn Lee with Claire T. ease, and diabetes managegivers. We’ll also provide you and your ment. Our comprehensive home health ser- family with education and disease-spevices include nursing care after injury, cific BAYADA tools to help self-manage illness or surgery, or for care needs your condition or recover safely at home. related to a chronic condition; physical We accept Medicare and many private therapy to help with balance and coordi- insurances. Since 1975, BAYADA has provided the nation; speech language pathology for communication or swallowing problems; highest quality clinical care and support occupational therapy to help with activi- services at home, helping people live life ties of daily living; and assistive care to the fullest with comfort, indepen(home health aide services) for personal dence, and dignity. Our Rutland team is care such as bathing, dressing, and med- committed to helping adults and seniors in our community avoid unnecessary ication reminders. We can often begin care within just 24 hospital stays and remain safely in the hours of receiving a referral from your comfort and security of home. And our hospital or doctor. Our care team, over- care is always delivered The BAYADA seen by a nurse clinical manager, will Way – with compassion, excellence, and first perform a thorough evaluation to reliability. For more information about our home determine an appropriate care plan with you, your doctor, and your family care- health services, call 802-775-7272.

Skene Manor sits majestically over the Champlain Canal and the Village of Whitehall. Skene Manor is a historically elegant, gothicstyle, Victorian castle located at 8 Potter’s Terrace. It was built on Skene Mountain by Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter in 1874, using the finest materials and gray sandstone quarried from the site. Skene Manor was a private residence until 1946 when it was converted into a restaurant. In 1995, Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation, Inc. Skene Manor is located in Whitehall, N.Y. purchased the building, Also, the front entrance steps have been dedicating all their efforts into restoring restored with a handicap railing and preserving this magnificent part of installed to welcome our visitors. Whitehall’s history. Skene Manor is on A gift shop is located on the first floor the National Registry for Historic and tours of Skene Manor are free. Buildings. All monies donated are Skene Manor is open mid-April through restricted to preservation projects and December and closed January through are tax deductible. mid- April. For a delightful trip back in Skene Manor is easily visible from time, with gorgeous views, the lovely the waterway and land Routes 4 and 22 at Victorian Tea Room is open for lunch their junction, inviting area tourists to Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12-4 visit all of historic Whitehall, the birthp.m. There are also special monthly dinplace of the United States Navy. ners that feature a complete gourmet Recently there has been extensive meal. The Skene Manor is also available work done to the outside of Skene Manor. for parties, reunions and receptions. Last year on the west side the beautiful For more information or directions, porte cochere was stabilized and the please call Skene Manor at 518-499-1906 north porch which had been removed in or visit online at 1997 was restored to its original form. and like us on Facebook.

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Positive Energy NY LLC

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Your local source for solar Think solar energy is out of reach and expensive? Think again. Thanks to dramatic reductions in equipment costs, in combination with peaking financial incentives, going solar is now an affordable investment. That’s right – an investment, not just an alternative “green” technology. As utility rates continue to rise annually, homeowners are paying more and more every year for fossil-based energy most often produced out of state and transported over long distances. In this manner, there is no control over rising costs, no support of the local economy and a dependence on nonrenewable and polluting sources of energy. Enter solar. By installing a photovoltaic (solarelectric) system on your property you take control of your energy future and essentially “lock-in” your electric costs for 25 years or more. Banks and local credit unions have taken notice of the tremendous annual growth (60-plus percent) in the solar industry and are

now offering a variety of financing options. Imagine replacing your current electric bill with an equivalent monthly solar payment, and in around 10 years, owning your system outright and eliminating all electric costs completely. This has become a reality. We really have achieved the NABCEP certification – which is the highest installer accreditation in the industry and are now a SunPower Dealer – the most powerful and reliable solar panels money can buy Positive Energy, based out of Granville, NY is a diverse construction firm with over a decade of experience in not only solar, but also crane service, excavation, concrete, and other building services and more. With a service territory of Albany to Burlington, Vt., Positive Energy really is your local source for solar in the Greater Capital Region and Green Mountains. To learn more or to request a free quote, visit or call 518642-8120

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Pawlet Scholarship Fund art show Come one, come all to the Pawlet Scholarship Committee’s 18th Annual Art on Edie’s Green in the center of beautiful Pawlet, Vermont on the edge of the Flower Brook. This year’s Art on Edie’s Green will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will host more than 20 artists from around this arts rich community, each generously donating 20 percent of their day’s earnings to the Pawlet Scholarship fund, a non-profit that provides scholarships to Pawlet and West Pawlet residents who are eager to make their higher education dreams come true. The Pawlet Scholarship Committee was founded by the generous and talented Jane Rinck in 1995 with Art on the Green becoming a major fund raiser in 1997. Last year, the committee awarded 22 scholarships with an average award being $1,800. You will find a variety of mediums as well as styles at Art on Edie’s Green, something to speak to every art lover and appreciator. You will see abstract and powerful oil and/or watercolor paintings by Tom Atkins and watercolor paintings by Lynn Pratt so realistic you may need to stand close to see that they are not photographs. Penny Froeschl, President of the Poultney Area Artist Guild, will bring an eclectic collection of work from her group which is always a treat to explore. The always fun and interactive George Bouret will join us again this year capturing the energy and excitement of a day at Art on Edie’s Green in photography: the perfect, nontraditional, family portrait right there on site. You will find some acrylic paintings by Evie Towsley and Chris Edmunds, each bringing their own unique style and vision. Chris Edmunds also will be bringing some lithographs. Heidi Hammell will be at Art on Edie’s Green again this year, but offering something new for the young and young-at-heart; face painting. Penny Viscusi, Lisa May and Mallory Rich are each pastel artists, and with the layered richness of their medium they bring their work to life in landscape, still life and more. Mallory Rich will also bring a collection of paintings in oil. Ruth Frost and her elegant and soft oil paintings will be at Art on Edie’s Green, as well as the work of Arlene O’Connor, Mark Tougias, and Nancy Callichio who also work in oils and bring their own interpretation of the medium. The multi-

talented Audrey Godlewsky will bring oil paintings, watercolor paintings and mixed medium pieces to share. We are so pleased to be welcoming back David Munyak who is a master at his craft of wood turning and will bring his collection to share with us. Nance Dean is a silversmith and jeweler and has an impressive collection of high quality, hand-crafted jewelry that never disappoints and is always inspiring. Matthew Lerman captures light and detail in his landscape images and lots of personality in his animal portraits. His photographs, no matter what the subject, are a treat to see and will have you looking at things a little differently. Charlotte McFadden will bring to Art on Edie’s Green a collection of jewelry sure to please and Ned Reade will join us again this year with an impressive collection of watercolor paintings. A quick drive or easy walk through the village will also bring you Marion McChesney who has moved her ceramics studio back to the center of town temporarily and is generously offering to donate her 20 percent of sales from the day to the scholarship fund. We are excited to welcome Marion back to the village with her delicate vessels and unique “road kill” impressions. This year’s event will be catered by Pawlet’s very own Mark and Margaret McChesney from the Barn Restaurant. They will be serving delicious lunches out of their food truck right on Edie’s field. Bring a picnic blanket, enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful Pawlet and stay for the day. Follow the signs to Art on Edie’s Green; there is ample parking at the field. From Route 30, turn onto Cemetery Road, between the post office and the bridge, look to the right and you can’t miss it. This event, as always, is free. Please come and meet the artists, enjoy some demonstrations, paint your face, grab some lunch, support your local community, start your holiday shopping and know that you are also helping support the future of Pawlet by investing in the education of its residents. Contact Heidi Hammell at or 802-645-9051 or Anita Pomerance at or 802-325-3786 for more information or if you would like to join us as an artist vendor, we do have some spaces left. Check us out at Art on Edie’s Green on Facebook for information and updates.

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Bentley House B & B, LLC

Northern Insuring Agency, Inc. Offering outstanding customer service

Bentley House B & B is located in Poultney.

Guests are comfortable and happy The Bentley House B & B, LLC, owned by Rich and Pam Mikkelsen, provides a gracious and friendly business for the community. By catering to our guests, they feel comfortable and happy to visit Poultney and utilize the other services that Poultney has to offer. The Mikkelsens have seen many changes over the past eight years and have watched Poultney develop into a vibrant and successful Village. The college continues to involve the community in its activities and to contribute to the growth and welfare of the village. Between the farm, sustainable activities and renovations of the campus itself, it has helped Poultney attract interested businesses and opportunities to our area. Local organizations are working hard to publicize our community and the State of Vermont is also cooperating by offering us free tourism advertisement and support, i.e. e-commerce. The newest local initiative, 20/20, is looking into activities that will further encourage business growth, community involvement activities and utilization of existing buildings and land for cultural activities. Our greatest ambition is to make visitors welcome not only to our bed & breakfast but the community as well. Poultney is a friendly and quaint village with lakes and historical buildings and hiking trails in the area. We have a lot to offer tourism. By treating our guests with friendliness and concern for their needs, we hope that they will not only

come back to our Inn, but to Poultney as well. Their recommendations are worth “their weight in gold” as far as free advertising is concerned. We are looking to expand our business influence in town by making our inn available for small private business and organizational meetings. We have already started this with the local companies and hope that more companies will want a small, elegant and private area for their luncheon or business meeting. Along with this, Pam offers a sumptuous breakfast to her guests, using as much local food as possible, and high teas to the public by reservation. The tea is an elegant way to treat yourself, friends, family or business associates to a fun afternoon. Rich enjoys boating and taking people on tours of Lake Bomoseen. He has learned a lot about the lake’s history and is a great story teller. An advanced reservation is needed for this tour. Call 802287-4004 and ask for the boat captain Rich. The local area has taught me a lot about Vermont. Their history, foods, farming industry and the people. Sharing this with our visitors makes them eager to come back. We are looking forward to many more prosperous and happy years in Poultney. Visit us at for more information about our inn and the area. Please follow us on Facebook, at www.

Norther n Insuring Agency, Inc.’s commitment to outstanding customer service, long-term client relationships and strong ethics is what helps the firm fulfill its vision of being best in class in the industry. Located at 92 Main St. in Whitehall, Norther n Insuring continues to be live, local and approachable while providing a variety of insurance products to meet a customer’s every need, from both personal and business insurance to employee benefits and investment planning. The company is licensed in both New York Paula Steves and Dick Look. and Vermont. in Clinton County, which is now adminFounded in Au Sable Forks in 1930, istered by JCEO, and is also a pace-setter Northern Insuring now has its main for the United Way. The Whitehall office in Plattsburgh. The Whitehall branch of Northern Insuring is also a branch was opened in 1981, and the com- member of both the Whitehall and pany has one additional branch office Granville chambers of commerce. In located in Massena. The Whitehall office 2013, Northern Insuring received notice gives local residents the opportunity to from the New York State Society for enjoy prompt and reliable service deliv- Human Resource Management that their ered by a friendly, knowledgeable, full- agency has been selected as one of the time staff. 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New In addition to providing the commu- York state. nity with a local source for quality insurFor more information about Northern ance services, Northern Insuring takes Insuring call 518-499-0444 or stop by the great pride in fulfilling its civic respon- office, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 sibilities. The company is responsible p.m., weekdays. You can also find them for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors online at, campaign with the American Red Cross and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Precision Auto Body Providing top-quality service Precision Auto Body, located on Main Street, has been a staple in Castleton for five years. Prior to that Precision Auto Body was located in Wallingford. Steve and Barb Betit moved into this location, previously known as Eli’s Auto Body, to have a centralized location for all of their current clients and new. Having lived in the community for many years, they know how important it is to provide top-quality customer service, because that’s how you get those customers to come back. That’s why they “go the extra mile to assure that your vehicle is repaired to its original standards,” Steve said. Barb and Steve Betit, owners. In addition to Steve’s three the complete repair estimate to accelerdecades of experience and craftsmanship in auto body repair, his ate the repair process and make as quick experienced staff has another combined and painless as possible for their cus25. So your vehicle will be in good hands tomers. Precision Auto Body works with all no matter who at Precision Auto Body touches it. A full-service repair shop, major insurance companies and will Precision provides all types of collision work with customers and their insurrepair work – big or small – including ance company to make their experience frame straightening, glass installation a smooth and a positive one from start to finish. and detailing. So Steve, Barb, and the entire staff Repair estimates continue to be free and never require an appointment, and look forward to providing you with qualPrecision uses computerized estimates ity, reliable auto body service. Feel free to stop by or you can reach them at 802to provide a more accurate evaluation of the vehicle damage so it can be restored 468-0327 or by email at precisionab@ to pre-accident condition. They send dig- You can also find them on ital photos of the vehicle damage with Facebook.

Riverside Farm's Locally Grown Farmers Market Locally-grown greens year round Hard economic times have forced small farms to look to new avenues to keep their operations running, so Sherry Smith opened Riverside Farm’s Locally Grown Farmers Market at 12144 Rte. 4 in Hampton, NY, and it is now a market with over a dozen farms and small businesses. Riverside Farm, with the most prominent location, was lead in organizing the market, which offers a large selection of produce and products year-round. “Even in winter, we have Riverside Farm's Locally Grown Farmers Market is local-grown greens from heat- located in Hampton, N.Y. ed greenhouses,” said Smith. research and found that daily/multi-day The Hampton location is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., while a farmers market cooperatives were a new second location in Wilton, NY, is open concept to the traditional farmers marfrom June to October, Wednesday kets. Each farmer owns their products and is paid weekly for their sales. through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Smith said the owners are proud that The market offers locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, cider, baked the group works together to help each goods, maple products, jams and jellies, other keep local agriculture going, and all-natural soaps and bug spray, crafts the fact that “most of us are multi-generand more. Organic berries are available ational farmers. Together we will keep in-season and for Christmas, trees and our local family farms in the family and running for generations to come.” holiday greens. Riverside Farm, she noted, has been “Our customers can be assured they are supporting local farms when they operating since 1923. “We hope to continue to expand our visit us,” Smith said. The Hampton site item base and local farm membership to is heated and air-conditioned for yearcover as many items as we can,” she round comfort. The markets’ member farms did added.


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Maplewood Ice

Markie Roofing and Spray Foam

Ice is their specialty Since 1972, Maplewood Ice has been the “coolest” business in town. In 2015 Maplewood Ice celebrates 43 years in business. Located at 9790 U.S. Route 4 in Whitehall, as well as at 438 Dix Ave. in Queensbury, Maplewood Ice specializes in the manufacture and distribution of ice. Their products include ice in five-pound and 10-pound blocks, carving ice, as well as the 20-pound party bag. They even offer privatelabel packaging. Founded in 1972, Maplewood Ice continues to operate successfully under the ownership of David Wood. David Wood, owner. Strategically located in the “We package 20-pound there, and fivetowns of Whitehall and Queensbury, pound bags are packaged and stored operations are centrally located to their there,” he said. In February 2011, the vast distribution network. As one of Whitehall location added a new Keith fewer than 10 ice companies in the entire walk-in floor ice bin, an automatic form state of New York, Maplewood Ice does and fill machine making 2,300 bags per business with many local companies, hour. In 2012, Wood purchased a machine Wood said. As one would guess, it keeps by Clinebell Equipment that makes ice them busy with a state-of-the art filtra- for ice sculpturing and carving. tion system and the equipment to keep Maplewood Ice enjoys giving back to up with the demand. the community, and they provide donaIn fact, the company’s automated pro- tions to charity organizations, the Boy duction line can package 3,900 bags of Scouts and Girl Scouts, and local fire ice per hour - that’s a lot of cool. Their departments, Wood said. product has the Pride of New York Seal. Because this is a seasonal business Maplewood Ice employs 40 full-time peo- that is extremely busy in summer, Wood ple and has an additional 20 part-time said he enjoys (what else?) ice fishing as staff members who all work to make well as NASCAR in the off-season. sure your icy needs are met. For more information about Wood said more packaging was moved Maplewood Ice, call them at 518-499-2345 to their Queensbury facility in 2008-2009. or 800-635-2515.

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Exceptional quality and service Markie Roofing and Spray Foam has an arsenal of energy-saving products to offer customers exceptional quality and service, unrivaled in the construction and renovation industry. Markie is fully licensed and insured in Vermont and New York, is a member of the Better Business Bureau and is an Energy Star Partner. The objective is to make you feel comfortable with the project from its beginning to its end. Complete satisfaction with every detail and aspect of the project is the ultimate goal. Knowledge and expertise makes it possible to suggest the perfect product for every application. Owner Josh Markie will not only handle all of the consulting, but he will also

oversee the work on sight to ensure that each and every detail is attended to flawlessly and efficiently. Markie Roofing and Spray Foam is based out of Fair Haven, Vt., but services Vermont and Eastern New York. There is not a job too big or too small for Markie Roofing & Spray Foam to handle, and you can expect that the best in quality craftsmanship and materials will be used on your project. Whether it is a renovation, new construction or a historical restoration, Markie Roofing and Spray Foam has the knowledge, talent and dedication to provide you with the best job around. For more information visit their website or give Josh at Markie Roofing and Spray Foam a call at 802-779-5979.

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About eight years ago, Simply Clean started as a part-time business, but it has grown to successfully become “a full-time” business proposition for owner Mary Helm. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve liked to clean and organize,” Helm explained, adding that she expanded Simply Clean into a full-time business because after seven years in the field of forestry, in which she has a bachelor’s degree, Mary decided that her personality and character was more suited for operating her own cleaning business. Helm said she “strives to use all chemical-free products. I provide all of my own equipment supplies, but if customers prefer me to use their supplies and equipment, that’s okay, too.” Simply Clean has tailored its work to suit customers’ needs, be it Mary on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even on-call basis. “People often ask me if I do windows, garages, etc. My answer is, ‘Yes.’ We are a customer-oriented business, providing the services they need, within reason,” she said, adding that there are no restrictions on hours of operation. Getting to know her clients well and establishing a solid relationship is important to Helm. “I grew up in Castleton and have lived in different areas,” she said. “Now I’ve come back to serve the Lakes Region -area that I call home. I’m really proud that I can go into a house and leave my clients happy and satisfied that the job was well done. Attention to detail is also

Helm, owner and Kym Reed. very important to me.” Currently accepting new clients, Helm stressed that as a cleaner, she is reliable and efficient. “I have a service that is custom-fit to each person’s needs. My process of cleaning is effective and efficient, and my products are (specially) chosen to be effective and efficient.” Helm added that Simply Clean is proud to provide employment in the Lakes Region. The company has employees who are just as conscientious as their employer and look forward to providing clients with sparkling service! Simply Clean can be reached at 802287-1120.

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The Liquor Stop has been the source for spirits and local wines in the Granville, NY, region for 18 years. Conveniently located in the Price Chopper Plaza, the Liquor Stop has a varied selection of wines and liquors. Featured on the store’s shelves is an assortment of New York wines, including many labels from the Finger Lakes. The store also carries products from local wineries such as Adirondack Winery of Lake George and the Slyboro Cider House, including its Black Currant Hard Cider. The Liquor Stop is carrying Kailyn Linendoll, manager. two new brands of wine: Ninety of liquors. One of the most popular Plus Cellars, which are highly rated and liquors is flavored vodkas such as cost less than $20, and Dark Horse wines, Pinnacle and flavored whiskies, like Jim which cost less than $10 a bottle. The Beam Maple. Ninety Plus Cellars come in three flaJunior Johnson's Midnight vors: Sauvignon Blanc, a Carbernet Moonshine remains popular and comes Sauvignon and a pinor Noir. The Dark in a variety of flavors such as apple pie, Horse wines come in Chardonnay, blackberry and strawberry. Carbernet Sauvignon, Big Med Blend And while tastes change and evolve, and Merlot. personalized and friendly customer serIf you’re unsure what flavor to bring vice remains a constant. If you can’t find home, the staff can help you choose a what you’re looking for or need some bottle or you can sample different flavors guidance, just ask. And if you’re searchmost weekends after noon. ing for something for that special someThe Liquor Stop also offers a 10-per- one, the friendly staff of the Liquor cent discount on cases of wines, which Stop—Laurie, Kailyn, Linda and Debi— can be mixed and matched with the fla- offers complimentary gift wrapping. vors customers prefer and still does a For further information, stop by wine club card that is available for fre- Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and quent shoppers. 8p.m., Friday and Saturday between If you prefer your drink on the stiffer 9a.m.and 9p.m., or call The Liquor Stop side, the Liquor Stop has an assortment at 518-642-9262.

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Robert M. King Funeral Home Serving families with compassion Funerals are an important part of marking the passing of a life. We strive to make each family’s experience as meaningful to them as possible. With the family’s input, we can provide a truly unique and memorable service that honors the life and legacy of their loved one. Being mindful of financial constraints, we offer families choices within their means to accomplish this. Charlie and Mary are both licensed funeral directors in their family-run funeral home. Robert M King Funeral Home has been serving Granville and the surrounding communities for 55 years. Both Charlie and Mary are active in many community organizations and activities in addition to being active members of the Charlie and Mary King Adirondack Funeral Director nies. Celebrants help a family design Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association and and lead a funeral service that has been National Funeral Directors Association. tailored for and by the family. Please be Mary recently became a Certified sure to ask about this service. Their family-owned firm will be glad Funeral Celebrant through In-Sight Institute. A funeral celebrant is a layper- to provide information or assistance in son, clergy, or funeral director who has preplanning, as well as at-need service been trained in the specific area of con- for your family. Also available is a full ducting funerals for families who wish line of cremation, keepsake and pet to have a personalized and individual- memorialization products. The goal of the Robert M King Funeral ized funeral service experience. Our society has changed and is looking for a Home is to make the celebration of your different type of funeral service. Many loved one’s life our priority, by providing people are not affiliated with a religion families with a dignified, professional and do not have a specific clergy with and memorable service at their time of whom they are familiar to call in times need. Please feel free to call about the of death. Also, many people are not comfortable with traditional funeral ceremo- options available, 518-642-1122.

Station House Bed and Breakfast Taking a step back in time More than 100 years old, the Station House is located right in the heart of the colored-slate capital of the world, Granville, N.Y. Nestled between New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Station House is what it says, a former D&H Railroad Station that Michelle and Wayne Shaw took on in 2001 as a complete maintenance and renovation project. The Shaws report that they started with one room and now have five. The couple celebrated the addition of that fifth bedroom with an October Open House in 2012. The addition of the fifth room means that the Station House “has been completely renovated from front to back.” “It is 165 feet by 27 feet, with beautiful gardens all around to enjoy during the spring and summer seasons. One of the best and most relaxing parts is working on the gardens in the summer,” Michelle added. Located on Main Street, the Shaws’ bed and breakfast is convenient for travelers and is within walking distance of such Granville sights as the Pember Museum of Natural History and the Slate Valley Museum, and the beautiful Mettowee River itself. Activities, such as skiing, boating and shopping, are all within driving distance. The Shaws stressed that their renovations would “surprise any traveler. We welcome anyone to stop on by and browse. It will take you back in time.” For example, The Station House,

Wayne and Michelle Shaw, Inkeepers. when it was owned by the D&H, stood about in the middle of Granville’s history. The Shaws reported that John C. Bishop built the first house “in this beautiful valley” in 1780, as well as the first store. Home and business construction first began on the west side of the Mettowee River, but later settlements centered in and around Bishop’s Corners. The Shaws added that Bishop “secured the opening of the so-called Shun Pike, drawing travel and business from Hebron” southward. The D&H Railroad, which profited from this increased business to Granville, left behind a significant landmark, a station house, now the Shaw’s bed and breakfast. Come stay and join the Shaws’ extended family. Michelle and Wayne Shaw can be reached at 518-955-0771 or 518-642-1276 or visit them at

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Thomas's Auto Repair

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

Keith, Keith and Joe

Servicing all types of vehicles Nowadays, a car owner is as likely to need repair on a foreign car as often as a domestic. Perhaps that explains why Thomas’ Auto Repairs puts “foreign” before the word “domestic” in its advertisements. Founded in 1997 by Keith Thomas and located on Route 30 in Wells, the business “is going strong” thanks to “great community support,” Thomas notes. Whether the car is made in the U.S. or elsewhere, Thomas is ready to service vehicles from “all the Lakes Region.”

And that does not just mean automobiles. Trucks, trailers and boats are also repaired at Thomas’. The list of jobs and services Thomas’ provides is long. Even a partial tally of services and/or products offered include computer diagnostics, front end wheel alignments, brakes, shocks, struts, tires, tune-ups, batteries, exhaust, and Vermont State car inspections. They also shrink wrap boats and sell and install Hewitt dock and boat lifts. Thomas’ can be reached at 802-6459122.

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Innovative products for many uses The Foams Group of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics comprises the former Norton Performance Plastics Corp, Norwood Coated Products Co. and the Green Glue Company. The resulting organization has a rich history and extensive expertise in elastomeric foam polymer technology and adhesive systems. At Saint-Gobain, research and development are ongoing while the firm continues to turn out a range of products for bonding, sealing and soundproofing applications that have been manufactured in the community for more than 50 years. Products include high-performing adhesive coated bonding tapes used to attach automotive emblems, wheel weights and other exterior trims and unique elastomeric foams for sealing out air, water, dust vibration and noise in window systems, log homes, truck cabs, cellular phones and appliances. Some specialty products like Thermalbond® are used as structural glazing spacer tapes for high rise glassclad buildings like the Freedom Tower in NYC, and the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore, SolarBond® Frame Tape to seal the perimeter of photovoltaic solar modules and Korel® ultrathin foams used as a shock-absorbing gasket around the display of hand-held electronic devices like cell phones and GPS units.

Saint-Gobain’s ongoing investment in research and development, supported by our committed and skilled team members at the Granville facility, has allowed the company to commercialize new innovative products. These products provide superior performance, increased production efficiencies and cost-effective solutions to the automotive, electronic, transportation, medical, industrial, construction and renewable energy markets. As an example, the Green Glue Co. began with a home theater builder who went to great lengths to soundproof his room. His finished home theater used room-within-a-room stud walls, double drywall, exotic soundproof doors – the works. Ultimately, however, he was disappointed in the results, particularly at low frequencies. He searched solutions and found that the use of viscoelastic materials brought results that outperformed all existing solutions. Further product refinements led to the development of a product called Green Glue™. Today, Green Glue has become the best-selling product of its kind worldwide, with millions of square feet used to soundproof walls, floors, and ceilings. In 2008, Green Glue became a part of the Saint-Gobain and relocated to the Granville facility, where the innovation continues. For more information visit them at


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Fashion Corner Bridal and Formalwear

Great Meadow Federal Credit Union

Trusted and reliable service Brides-to-be from all over the region trust Allan Clark and staff at the Fashion Corner to help them find the perfect dress and outfit their entire bridal party for their most important day. Not only will the bride find the dress of her dreams and the groom find a tuxedo to make him feel like a prince, there are also dresses for the moms of the bride and groom and tuxedos for the dads, too. The Fashion Corner has years of experience catering to the soon-to-be-bride and groom. The boutique is more that just a store filled with racks of bridal and prom grounds for the most petite to full-sized figures. There’s an extensive selection of prom and party dresses for all occasions, Allan Clark, owner. from cocktail parties to elegant Skillful and professional alterations balls to Homecoming. The boutique also are available, and the dresses are metichas a wide selection of jewelry, purses, ulously ironed for the big day before hair pieces and garters. they leave the shop. Something that But the most outstanding feature of doesn’t happen with the mail order sites. Allan Clark’s Fashion Corner is some- All the little details, which can loom thing that can’t be stocked in inventory: large on that all important day are personal attention. Starting with Allan’s attended to. wife, Natalie, it was her honor to serve Allan Clark, who acts as his own sales the brides-to-be with expert, quality consultant and buyer, brings in the latest attention. This tradition is carried on by styles from New York, Chicago and Natalie’s husband, Allan, and his fine California. staff, for the bride-to-be, bridal party, Visit the Fashion Corner Bridal and mother of the bride and groom to flower Formalwear at 4325 Main St. in Port girl’s attire including tuxedo rentals for Henry for more information, or call 518the men. 546-7499.

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We treat our members like family As a credit union, we’re owned by our members. Everything we do is to serve members like you. That’s why you’ll find lower rates on our loans and low or no fees on our checking accounts. We offer higher dividends for those looking to earn more on their savings. We also offer more innovative products and services than you’ll find at many financial institutions. Great Meadow FCU has received a five-star superior rating for over 24 consecutive years by BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. Fewer than five percent of the nation’s credit unions or banks can claim this distinction. This five-star superior rating recognizes Great Meadow FCU’s continued superior performance and strength. Take a look and see why joining Great Meadow FCU is the smart choice.

Contact us at 518-642-8100, visit our offices in Granville, Comstock, and South Glens Falls or visit us at www. to learn about all of our products and services that help you save. The Great Meadow Federal Credit Union services the employees and family members of over 35 different employee groups or associations in Washington, Warren and Saratoga Counties. Any person employed or retired from any of our employee or association groups, and their family members are eligible for membership at Great Meadow Federal Credit Union. Great Meadow FCU is always looking to include business groups or organizations to allow their employees and/or members and families to be eligible for membership at Great Meadow FCU. To learn more please contact us at 518-642-8100.

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Perry's Main Street Eatery

Pond Mountain Inn The true meaning of 'welcome home'

Perry's Main Street eatery is located in Poultney.

Making customers happy for 19 years Perry’s Main Street Eatery has been open for 19 years now and we pride ourselves on the good home-cooked food and generous portions that have made us a success with our customers over the years. Our customers are very important to us, so we always run specials every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have earned a reputation for the best breakfast around with huge omelets, buttermilk pancakes and French toast with real Vermont maple syrup. Recently, we have added baby back ribs so you can enjoy them every day of the week. Don’t forget our famous black Angus prime rib every Saturday night, cooked just the

way you want it; it’s the best around. We have a children’s menu, too. All in all, we think you’ll be missing out if you don’t stop by. Donna and the staff will treat you like family and you won’t leave hungry. Open Mondays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. We accept credit and debit cards. Take out menus are also available. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and the 4th of July. Perry’s Main Street Eatery is located at 253 Main St. Poultney, Vt. Call them at (802) 287-5188.

Welcome to Pond Mountain Inn, a boutique bed and breakfast located on a serene country lane nestled on the slopes of Pond Mountain. Extraordinary breakfasts are served in our sun-drenched dining room with breathtaking views of neighboring Northeast Mountain – elevation 2100 feet. You will be treated as our personal guests, as you experience the quiet comforts of our quintessential New England property. At Pond Mountain Inn, you’ll discover the true meaning of “Welcome home!” Pond Mountain Inn is rapidly becoming a highly-acclaimed boutique country inn and is the preferred choice in Vermont lodging for weekend retreats – a year-round destination focusing on holidays, hosting elegant dinner parties and seasonal attractions. This year, we began offering Date Night; a four-course farm-to-table candlelit dinner served al fresco with incredible mountain views for those that want a truly unique dining experience. Your evening begins with Hendricks or Bar Hill Gin and tonics on the great lawn in comfortable traditional Adirondack chairs while you enjoy delicious summer hors d’oeuvres, smoked salmon and local hand-crafted cheeses. The conversation grows as the daylight wanes, and around 7:30 p.m. dinner is served. Dinner may start with organic red leaf lettuce with homemade sherry vinaigrette, large pan-seared sea scallops Provencal, Milanese risotto, sautéed broccoli florets with garlic, fresh summer corn with cream and chive butter. Dish follows mouth-watering dish, all accompanied by generous amounts of fine wines from our private cellar.

Glenn and Kay Dunn, Innkeepers As a guest of Pond Mountain Inn, the generous 10-acre property is yours; the days unfold at your leisure, as fresh traditional and innovative breakfasts are served. We will make your visit with us truly memorable, whether you’re dining with us for dinner or simply finding your favorite Adirondack Chair to take in the breath-taking mountain views while enjoying your favorite wine and locally crafted cheeses. Please visit us in the quiet solitude that exemplifies the rustic charm of Wells – just five minutes from Lake St. Catherine and a few more minutes to Green Mountain College. Please ask to see our exclusive list of “things to do” in the area along with our personal list of favorite restaurants within thirty minutes of the inn. Kay and Glenn Dunn can be reached at 802-325-2829, or visit their website


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Schoolhouse Apartments

Loomis Paint and Flooring Everyone knows who we are

Schoolhouse Apartments are located in Poultney, Vt.

A wonderful alternative When living at home causes financial strain or the upkeep is physically too much, Schoolhouse Apartments, located on Main Street in beautiful Poultney, Vt., offers a wonderful alternative to those who are 62 years of age and older. Schoolhouse Apartments is a low-income housing alternative for the elderly and the disabled, subsidized by the federal government’s HUD (Housing And Urban Development Division) program. Reduce

your financial worries, home maintenance concerns, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The apartments open into an interior corridor, and tenants enjoy a “community” room for special activities or gatherings. Amenities and services are accessible nearby. To find out more information, or for an application, call 802-863-8376.

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Bob Loomis and Larry Loomis, brothers, owners, and contractors, have been in the paint and flooring business since 1976. Located in beautiful downtown Poultney, Vt., they provide many services and products, including carpeting, vinyl and only the best quality paint – Benjamin Moore. They are now carrying a new line of flooring and paint with primer in it. Their store manager, Cathi, is their meeter and greeter. She has been with Loomis Paint five years and enjoys meeting new people. She is very friendly and welcoming to our customers! Larry’s son, Nate also has been working with father and uncle when he has days off from his full-time position in Keene, N.H. Customers come to Loomis’ a lot just by word of mouth and their reputation, say the brothers. “We live and have grown up here in Poultney, so everyone Cathi Tooley, store manager. knows who we are.” ness where they know their customers This is a family-run business in a small town, and they have many years on a first-name basis. Customers have a of experience and many repeat custom- wonderful experience in the store ers. They are more personal than the because of the brothers’ expertise and “big box” stores. People know them for knowledge of the products and services selling top-quality Benjamin Moore they provide. Why go somewhere else paint and for interior and exterior paint- outside of Poultney, when it is all right here? ing. Please come in and meet the Loomis Loomis Paint and Flooring also Family . They are open Monday-Friday installs carpets, laminates and vinyl flooring on a regular basis. They provide from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday quality work and excellent customer from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located service while maintaining the welcom- at 200 Main St. in Poultney and can be ing atmosphere of a small-town busi- reached at 802-287-4009.

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Poultney Rotary

Pro Cycle

Service above self A symbol of Poultney Rotary membership and commitment to service, both for our local and the worldwide community, is increasingly being demonstrated by the number of men and women wearing a blue and gold Poultney Rotary t-shirt. It symbolizes that we are part of larger organization, over 1.2 million members in 34,500 clubs, promoting the organization’s core values and willingness to serve. Rotary International, since 1979, has been one of the four core groups to Members of the Poultney Rotary. work toward the eradicabutions that impact students grades tion of polio and this is an effort that our club and individual mem- K-12 during the school year and in summer recreation programs. The sinbers support financially. Rotary community service includes gle largest annual contribution the promoting peace, preventing diseases, club makes is to Poultney Rotary providing access to clean water and sani- College Scholarships. Poultney High tation, enhancing maternal and child School graduating seniors and others health, improving basic education and received $6,350.00.00 in awards from literacy, and lastly, helping communi- Poultney Rotary in June 2015. Poultney Rotary wishes to thank all ties develop. Our shirts may be seen when mem- those who provide support and donabers work at annual community events tions which allows the club to fulfill like the Chili Cook-Off Day, which the Rotary motto of “Service Above includes a 5K run and silent auction, Self.” If you are interested in learning or the chicken barbeque. These events, along with others, serve as fundraisers more about Rotary as a means to service within the community, please conthat, in 2014, provided in excess of $10,000 to organizations and residents sider coming to a meeting. We have an in Poultney and surrounding commu- active range of committees that report to our Board of Directors meeting nities. The greatest percentage of monies monthly, and our general membership raised stays in our local community. at the weekly meetings held Thursday The club provides support to the food at Tot’s Diner at 7 a.m. Check us out on at shelf, the Tree of Giving, water and Facebook PoultneyRotaryClub1927 and on the web bike safety education programs, as at http://www.poultneyvtrotary .com/. well as scholarships and direct contri-

Castleton Beauty Shop

Pro Cycle is located in North Clarendon.

Experienced and professional If you’re looking for high-quality and personal service, you’ve come to the right place. At Pro Cycle we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. The experienced dealership offers for sale the best in clean, used motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. The selection is very good right now. Time is ticking to get that motorcycle and get on the road or ATV for those fun trail rides. Pro Cycle also uses the newest in aftermarket accessories as well as OEM parts from Arctic Cat, CanAm, Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha. We offer a full range of services for

your motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile. From a simple oil and filter change, fork seals, or the latest accessory installation to Vermont State Motorcycle inspections. Pro Cycle has been located in North Clarendon since 1998. With over 90 years of combined years in the business, let us put our experience to work for you. Pro Cycle is open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. Stop by for a visit, 236 N Shrewsbury Rd, North Clarendon Vermont or call for an appointment, 802-773-2014 or visit their website www.

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Experience makes the difference For more than 30 years, Castleton Beauty Shop has not only served the needs of their customers, but has become friends with most of them as well. “We want our customers to feel and look great when the leave our salon,” said owners Wendy Cooke and Madelyn Kapitan. “This happens when communication is open between clients and us.” The Castleton Beauty Shop offers traditional salon services including cuts, perms, color, highlights, lowlights, waxing and styling for men, women and children. Products by Redken and Paul Mitchell are featured. Beyond these services, the shop has extended its offerings to encompass health and well-being of mind, body and spirit. Massage therapist Deb Wendy Cook, Bethel now offers therapeutic massage like deep tissue, cranial, myofascial release, reflexology, and Swedish massage. Prior to joining Castleton Beauty Shop in 2010, Deb practiced for five years at Mountain Spirit Therapeutic Massage. She is also a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Deb offers clients a choice of bodywork to help them progress toward normal functioning. She is most proud of the number of clients who routinely

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Madelyn Kapitan and Deb Bethel. return for care. Castleton Beauty Shop is located on Route 4A at the corner of Drake Road. It is open Monday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Massage with Deb is available Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Why go out of town when the salon that cares for you personally and professionally is right here? Call 802-468-3111 for an appointment.

For more than 40 years, Dick Walker Sawmill has help thousands of customers turn their building dreams into reality. While the “tiny house” trend is all the rage these days, Dick Walk Sawmill has been building and selling small structures like portable hunting camps for years. These structures are built with two-inch tongue and groove lumber throughout, including floors, walls and roof/ceiling. In addition, the floor has a foil-double bubble-foil membrane for added insulation and a vapor barrier. This is a very solid building. The sawmill received a call once from a woman who wanted to replace her dilapidated camper with a “shed” to stay in while she was visiting locally. The answer to her dream was a portable deer camp. She has since made it into a “tiny house” that she uses every couple of years when she is visiting from

Australia. In fact, she bought another one with a deck, and now has a tworoom tiny house. Over the years, Dick Walker Sawmill has helped a lot of good customers build great projects with their lumber. Their dreams were all realized with locallysourced materials. Logs in use now were harvested from the company’s own woodlot in Benson, Vt. with guidance from professional foresters at Calfee Woodland Management. New this year are three-inch thick by 24-inch to 30-inch wide round edge counter or bar tops. Although they are a nice addition to a man cave, the first one sold went to a kitchen remodel in a camp. Dick Walker Sawmill is located on Evergreen Road in Fair Haven. Note that the GPS address lists 1000 Evergreen Road, Poultney. They can be reached at 802-273-2077.

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Welch Plumbing and Heating

Benson, Vermont

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For Richard Welch, owner of Welch Plumbing & Heating in Poultney, starting the business was a natural progression. “It’s all in the family,” says Richard. “My father and father-inlaw are plumbers.” Since opening the business in 2010, Richard Welch has specialized in commercial and residential plumbing and heating. The busi- Welch Plumbing and Heating is located in ness can also provide services for Poultney. water treatment, air conditioning, ing up with different trends in the plumband geothermal heating and cooling. ing/heating industry.” Welch Plumbing & Heating goes the Richard, who calls Poultney his homeextra mile by getting to know their cus- town, is most proud of the business’s tomers and providing them with the best solid customer base and the fact that quality of service. people often call him back to do more “We are not hard to contact and will work. work with you to make sure the job is “We try our hardest to make you done efficiently and effectively,” says happy,” he says. Richard. “We are always learning more Welch Plumbing & Heating in Poultney with professional development and keep- can be reached at 802-362-9886.

Lakes Region Laundromat Offering modern amenities Laundry isn’t a chore when you have the right equipment and modern conveniences for comfort. At Lakes Region Laundromat just north of Castleton Corners, you’ll find fast, energy-efficient equipment, along with cable television, wireless internet, a daily newspaper, soda and snack machines, soap vending machine and a clean restroom. “We’re air conditioned in the summer months and have the usual laundromat amenities” Lakes Region Laundromat is located in Castleton. said owner Allison Harvey. “Our offerings, all within walking distance. water is softened, which makes your soap work more efficiently and hot You can go wash your car, go to the drug water is instantly available to our store, grab a sandwich to go or sit down at the neighboring restaurant. machines.” “As a family-run business, we take Allison operates the business with help from her sons Dakota and Trenton. pride in our clean, modern, reasonably It was established in 2003 by Allison and priced and dependable service,” said her dad Bill Mulholland and brother Allison. “We care about the environment you are in while doing your laundry and Kevin Mulholland. “We saw a need for a clean, easily cleanliness is our priority. In the coming accessible and well-run laundry facility months we will be adding the conveto accommodate the Castleton commu- nience of card readers on the larger washing machines, meaning we will be nity and surrounding areas,” she said. The brightly-lit facility offers wash- accepting all major credit cards as well ing machines in three sizes, 20-pound, as a loyalty card specific to Lakes Region 30-pound for the average to mid-size Laundromat. I believe this will be a loads and 50-pound front loaders for great convenience to our customers” Lakes Region Laundromat is located large family loads or king-size comforton Route 30, just north of Castleton ers. In addition, the convenient location Corners. The business can be reached at offers easy access to other nearby retail 802-671-8025.

Are you ready to have some fun? Head to Benson, Vt. You’ll catch four seasons of fun. In February, get ready to ice fish with the Lake Champlain Down Home Ice Fishing Derby. In June, go on a treasure hunt as Benson hosts our annual townwide yard sale. August hosts an event you just have to see and be a part of – the Benson Participants in a past Family Day and Burdock Festival on Aug. 9. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and you just never know what creativity you will see. What will folks make out of those sticky, spiky balls? The 2015 art project is build-your-own scarecrow. All entries must be at the town hall by Aug. 8. Farming and agriculture are the theme for this year’s event. After the parade, head on over to the town hall. The Benson eighth grade class will be have hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries for sale to benefit the class and there is also air-conditioned dining available at the local restaurant and stores and eateries if you prefer. The Adirondack Drill Team horses will be performing behind the town hall after the parade for everyone to enjoy while visiting the eighth grade cook-out. In the


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afternoon, watch some down home fun with the ATV and lawn tractor pulls; the excitement starts at 1 p.m. So, bring your lawn chairs and head over to the field where it all takes place, at the corners of Route 22A North and Mill Pond Road. For further information call Gina Cull, 802-537-2063. In October, mark the date for the Haunted Hay Ride which benefits the Benson Fire Dept. It’s usually held the second weekend in October; watch for further notices. Refreshments are available to keep you warm while you are waiting for your scary ride. Thinking of Christmas shopping? In November, stop by the Community Craft Fair happening the first part of November, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Benson invites you to visit any season.

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Sunrise family restaurant

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Restaurant a labor of love The Sunrise Family Restaurant is a family affair and labor of love for Pete Burhans, his wife, Crystal, and their children Ben and Kelsey. Sunrise Family Restaurant has an attractive and inviting décor. It can seat 45, has large wood-slab tabletops that were sanded and finished by the Burhans, and a 13-foot maple counter. The unique setting and large capacity have made the restaurant a popular place for social gatherings. “Most of the food is homemade and the menu is affordable and varied,” the Burhans explained. The eatery offers a chicken and biscuit special on Thursday and a prime rib special on weekends.

The eatery maintains its small town appeal through its customer service. The Burhans believe that if you treat every customer the way they expect and deserve to be treated, and if you offer the best overall value with good food and reasonable prices, customers will come back again and again. The Burhans encourage you to stop by. Sunrise Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and open for dinner Thursday through Sunday and is located on 178 Route 30, just north of Castleton Corners. Take-out is available, and the eatery can be reached at 802-671-8070.

The old general store in South Argyle provides the perfect setting for Rich Entwistle’s business, which he calls “The Stovery.” Hearths and fireplaces are his specialty, along with wood, gas and pellet stoves and inserts to keep you toasty warm during the cold and blustery weather. The Stovery is located on Route 40 in the hamlet of South Argyle. “The location lends itself to a specialty business like the hearth and stove Rich Entwistle, owner. industry – a country atmosphere for a gas products. Entwistle said he perback-to-basics business, providing altersonally shops with local businesses as native heat sources. Green up with much as possible to support other smart heat and help our country business people and keep tax money reduce its independence on foreign local. oil. The Stovery has been helping fam“We support local fire companies, ilies for 38 years with smart heat solu- rescue squads and youth baseball, and tions,” Entwistle said. other special interest groups,” he said. Certified installation techs cater to When he has free time, Entwistle customers of The Stovery, which pro- said he loves outdoor sports – hunting, vides a selection of products, service fishing, camping and spending quality and installation at very competitive time with his family. pricing. For more information about the After 38 years, The Stovery is still products and services offered at The growing, adding new products and Stovery, stop in or call 518-638-8950, or services. Staff is continually being check out trained and techs are sent to school “We are the home of soothing fires.” for certification of wood, pellet and


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The Barn Restaurant and Tavern

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Offering customers value and quality The Barn Restaurant and Tavern, where every entrée on the regular menu is $14 “That’s right, every entree on the regular menu is only $14 -- all night, every night,” said restaurant owners and your hosts, Mark and Margaret McChesney. “We didn’t want to do an early bird special, or limit it to weeknights – we want our customers to enjoy whatever they want, whenever they want,” Mark said. “And we’re not talking pot roast and baked ziti – Margaret and Mark McChesney we’re talking Filet nothing if the service is lousy or the Mignon and broiled scallops.” restaurant is uncomfortable or uninvitThe pricing policy has been a huge hit ing,” note Mark and Margaret. with business and popularity continuing The Barn has consistently reinvested to grow. in its building to make it comfortable Like many other small businesses in year-round. They recently have installed America, The Barn Restaurant really solar hot-water panels, a state-of-the-art suffered the effects of the economic col- propane heating system, as well as a new lapse in 2008. septic system to better handle the “We were on the brink of bankruptcy increase in volume. The paint is fresh, and knew we had to make a drastic the lighting is lovely, and the space, change in order to keep the business whether in the dining room, the loft, the going, so that’s when we decided to try a tavern, or on the new seasonal porch, is promotion where we lowered our prices. breathtaking. The Barn is also a fullIt was so successful, we extended it to service caterer specializing in weddings, two months, and then kept it ever since,” cocktails parties and amazing pig roasts. said chef and co-owner Margaret All of this with a bartender, servers, McChesney. bussers – everyone – who take their jobs What surprised the couple even more seriously and deliver truly great service. was the ripple effect it created. Finally, there is the fun factor. The They said the restaurant went from 16 Barn has been hosting live music every to 23 employees, they were able to give week since 1999. Wednesday nights, stop more raises, spend more in the commu- in for “Pickin’ in Pawlet,” a local bluenity, give more to charities, and hire grass night that all are welcome to join, more contractors to help improve the or sit back and enjoy. Friday nights feaproperty. ture bands – many of which bring Customers choose a restaurant first national recognition. In the past year, because of the food it serves. They buy Friday nights have hosted bands from whole fish and whole cuts of meat. Their Nashville, Memphis, Providence, Reno, shellfish is preservative-free and as Seattle, Florida, Germany, Great Britain many of their vegetables as possible and many other locations throughout come from their own garden, or the gar- the US – both near and far. dens of their neighbors. They trim, seaThe Barn is open at 5 p.m. Wednesday son, prepare, and cook everything them- through Sunday nights. Reservations selves without taking shortcuts, creat- are recommended, particularly on weeking delicious steaks, seafood and pasta, ends, and can be made online or by callchicken and vegetarian dishes. And the ing 802-325-3088. Please visit The Barn addition of a new prime menu features online at daily specials that really showcase The “For up-to-the-minute announceBarn’s culinary talents. Freshly cut ments about music, specials, new feaswordfish, roast duckling with an Asian tures, events and even weather closings, slaw, 20-ounce ribeye steaks are but a few find and like us on Facebook at The Barn examples of the prime menu offerings. Restaurant and Tavern,” the McChesneys Value and quality are but two of the said. “We look forward to serving you.” benchmarks the Barn strives for – and The Barn is located at 5581 VT Route achieves. 30 in Pawlet, Vt. “Great food, beverages and value are

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Small business, low prices Dwayne and Betty Gibbs didn’t necessarily set out to start an antiques business; the couple began “dabbling” with the idea of re-finishing items. “Then we started going to auctions and selling,” the couple said. Out of that grew Monument Hill Antiques, now in its 15th year of operation in Hubbardton. Dwayne said the family-owned and operated business doesn’t require much overhead. “That’s why we can sell at the prices we do,” he said, adding that people would be surprised to learn that Monument Hill Antiques’ prices are 10 to 15 percent lower than other refinishers. Currently, Monument Hill Antiques is concentrating on smaller items, “anything people can carry away --- lamps, candlesticks, collectibles.” Describing his refinishing technique,

Dwayne said, “Most of all of our wood furniture has been restored by hand.” There is “no dipping,” Gibbs added, which is dunking furniture in “stripper to remove old finishes.” Dwayne said he particularly likes the location of the business, 1127 Monument Hill Road, Hubbardton. “I have lived in Hubbardton all my life, and you can’t get much better than going to work right out of your back door.” He notes that a local business supports the local economy, and, in turn, needs local support. Since he especially likes his location, Gibbs naturally has no plans to expand into larger quarters somewhere else. “No, we’re going to stay the size we are in order to continue to offer quality service. Our quality refinishing, as far as I’m concerned, is the best.”

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Castleton Motors

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In life we prepare for everything…college, marriage, a baby, retirement. But we seldom talk about preparing for the end. Few people know their end-of-life options and still fewer have discussed their wishes with their doctor and family. Planning for end of life care is as important as all the other life plans people make. Having a plan makes it easier for you, your doctor and your loved ones if, in the future, decisions about treatment need to be made at a time when you are unable to. “Start the Conversation” is a public education initiative sponsored by Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) in an effort to motivate people to start the conversation about Advance Care Planning as well as complete documentation to support their choices. It encourages identifying your health care choices, talking about decisions with loved ones and doctors, and putting your plans in writing to be ready if needed. Who Benefits? Someone who wants to give their family the gift of having the decisions made A person of any age with a terminal illness – and their caregiver(s). A young person starting a new family who needs to make decisions in case an injury or illness happens unexpectedly Someone with a life-limiting illness Next Steps Learn more on our website at www. where you’ll find informa-

RAVNAH staff member visits a client. tion and resources to help you “Start the Conversation.” Contact RAVNAH for assistance. We have dedicated staff members ready to talk with you about your options and to help you complete your Advance Directive documents. Look for community educational workshops throughout the year to learn more about how to Start the Conversation and to understand the process of planning. We offer workshops and presentations to interested groups, churches, schools, clubs and businesses. If you are interested in a presentation, or would like copies of the Start the Conversation booklet, please call Melissa at 802-7701520, or email

Williams True Value Hardware

Owner Bob Williams and his sfaff.

Serving customers for 69 years Williams True Value Hardware has been busy this past year with two new innovative programs. These programs make work challenging but also interesting. Last August, True Value Cooperation asked 75 stores in the United States out of about 5,000 to be a test store for a new pricing program. While True Value has lots of great low prices, they constantly try new initiatives to develop a feeling that our stores are competitive with other hardware stores throughout the United States. To accomplish this mission, True Value Cooperation asked us to greatly reduce the prices on nearly 900 items in an attempt to see if we could make up the difference in volume as well as increase sales for other items. True Value will research our results for one year to again check on frequency of sales, plus other items purchased with these everyday, low-priced items. True Value has chosen some great brand named items, including crescent wrenches, Vise-Grip pliers and Estwing hammers. Also included are Purdy paint brushes Kwikset door locks and Duracell and Energizer batteries. More items can be found in houseware cleaning supplies, bird seed, gloves, and many items from the automotive dept. Last, but certainly not least, check out all our great prices on

electrical wire and electrical boxes as well as plumbing pipe and toilet repair parts. All of these everyday low price items are easy to find with green pricing labels and a sign identifying the item. Our second initiative is our new True Value Rewards Program. This program is free, and we never sell the info. To sign up we ask you for your name, address and phone number, and your email is optional. Participants are given our card for us to scan when purchases are made to keep track of the amount of money spent. At certain levels of purchase, participants will be sent gift certificates as well as being offered special pricing on a variety of items. True Value’s new addition to the program is their willingness to give instant credit for sale flyer items that have a mail in rebate. Not having to send in UPC codes as well as sales receipts, finding an envelope to put it in and buy a stamp makes this part of the program really wonderful. Lastly, now when a True Value sale flyer come out it may have 10-20 items marked in the flyer with an extra 5 percent off the already low sale price to those people with a True Value Rewards Card. So we’re still here after 69 years serving our friends and neighbors from around the area. Thank you for your support, it has been our pleasure to serve you.

Over the course of the past nine years, Castleton Motors has earned a sterling reputation for offering quality cars and possessing a great service department. A one-stop shop, Castleton Motors “takes pride in providing for all of your preowned automotive needs,” said owner Pat Loughan, Jr. Vehicle sales are the focus of Castleton Motors, Loughan said, “We are most proud of the sales and service portion of the busiL-R: Jerri Adams, Pat Loughan Sr., Justin Carruth, Josh ness.” Rundell and Pat Loughan Jr. All vehicles come with a six-month unlimited mileage nationwide warranty and qualify for up tire center providing the rubber needed to 48 months and Loughan encourages to meet the road. Castleton Motors is customers to come back to Castleton also one of the top U-haul rental faciliMotors to have their vehicles serviced at ties in the area. So feel free to stop in at 1454 Main Street, Castleton or give them the small, family-oriented business. Castleton Motors started business in a call at 802-468-2897. You can also visit 2005 and now sports seven full-time them online at www.castletonmotors. com to see their full inventory! employees. Castleton Motors is open Monday to In addition to being the place for preowned automobile sales and service, Friday, each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castleton Motors has a new and used and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Tomasi's Tavern Great pizza, hometown atmosphere Since 1979, Tomasi’s Tavern has been a fixture in Fair Haven, serving up freshmade pizza and other great food against a backdrop of smooth blues music and sports on TV. Owners Shaun and Daniele Tomasi are the third generation to continue the tradition of the tavern. “We’re hometown born and raised,” they say. Guests will find a friendly staff in a comfortable atmosphere. The Tomasi’s say they are most proud of their staff. “They have great personalities, are courteous and attentive, and able to relate to most everyone,” says Shaun. In addition to delicious pizza, patrons will enjoy great sandwiches, nachos and microbrews. The tavern also offers free Wi-Fi and a pool table. “The tavern is very comfortable, with hometown appeal,” says Shaun. “We have wonderful patrons and great conversation.”

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Edger Engines Same great service and quality It’s been a busy year for Matt Adamsen, as 2015 marks the oneyear anniversary of taking over the helm from Jack Edgerton. Matt had many years of experience and the transition into owner/operator with the responsibility for daily operations went smoothly. People would be surprised to know that Matt has been doing this type of work for most of his life. He is proud of his workmanship and states, “It’s quality.” There are no future plans for expansion, just to continue to provide quality workmanship and service. Adamsen feels it’s important to patronize your local businesses, first and foremost. As far as Edger Engines, “There’s not many machine shops around anymore, and why travel when you don’t need to, when we are right here on 1653 Main St. in Castleton? Stop by or call anytime, Matt Adamsen, owner. 802-468-2285.”

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Wave Lengths

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Focus on great service

Making a difference

by Gay. W h e n “ I ’ v e you are a l w a y s focused on wanted to great sermake people vice and look their products, best and feel there is no great about need to t h e m travel to get Wave Lengths is located in Fair Haven. selves,” Gay all of the Stylist Peg Manley joined hair care services of a big salon. Just said. call Wave Lengths. Located at 29 Second Wavelengths March 11, 2011 bringing St. in Fair Haven, the salon is open her knowledge and experience to add to the salon’s excellent customer service. Tuesday through Saturday. Wave Lengths features the Paul Wave Lengths offer cuts, dimensional Mitchell product line and is the only color, perms, highlights & waxing. Why Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Southern do people like Wave Lengths? Vermont, which is a source of great Simple. Local people like to stay pride for owner Melissa Gay. local and be offered all the hair services Wave Lengths was started in 1995, of any big salon in other areas, Gay and in 1997 Melissa purchased the build- said. ing on Second Street. The building was Wave Lengths is open Tuesday to renovated and equipped with chairs Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on and sinks, but the atmosphere and qual- Saturdays; call Melissa or Peg for an ity of the business was brought to life appointment today. Call 802-265-4633.

K a r e n D av o r e n , owner of Makoto School of Martial Arts, has been a martial arts instructor as well as a life coach for almost 40 years. Realizing her goal in 2000, sensei Karen Davoren opened Makoto School of Martial Arts at 89 Main Street in Fair Haven just down the Makoto students show off their recently learned skills. street from where she began teaching classes at Fair you from training,” Karen said. Private lessons are available by Haven Fitness. Owner sensei Karen appointment for martial arts and selfDavoren teaches the core system of defense, karate’, self-defense and life American Goju Ryu karate, Chinese skills. Life Skills is a private lesson for Goju Ryu and Shorin-Ryu karate. Also the person who wants extra attention for offered is Aiki Jujitsu which encomtheir own personal growth, improving passes everything from joint locking, self esteem, to boosting self confidence, grappling, practical self defense and weapon training, and self defense semi- or improve physical growth. Sensei Karen Davoren is most proud nars for businesses, clubs and organizawhen told how much of a difference she tions. The school teaches an ecclectic has made in someone’s life, skills they style and offers this training to children developed after taking part in her semiages 5-12, students from age 13 and up as nars and classes. well as adults of all ages. Makoto School If you would like a complimentary of Martial Arts welcomes everyone, class or would like information regardeven if a person has limitations to what ing Makoto Adventure Camp for kids, they can do physically. Sensei Karen will call 802-468-0010 today. What better way work around all limitations. to begin your future? “Please don’t let your limitations stop

Mettowee Valley Family Health Center

Serving the community since 1996 As many of you know, Mettowee Valley Family Health Center has been providing quality medical care to the community since 1996. Currently, the health center is staffed by our two long-standing physicians: Carl Beckler, MD and Brian Kilpatrick, MD of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and three mid-level providers: Michael Dashnaw RPA, Clara Martell PA-C and William Goodwin FNP. In addition to the recent addition of Clara Martell and William Goodwin, the practice has also recently taken on a new practice leader: Megan Blankley. In addition to our regular medical staff, we also have Eleanor Grabach, LICSW on site on a part-time basis to help provide access to behavioral health care. With deeprooted origins in the community and the goal to provide cutting-edge medicine with a hometown touch, the patient remains at the center of every decision at MVFHC. Center staff members are school physicians for the Granville Central School System and are on staff at the Orchard Nursing Centre. They also provide care for work-related injuries for several area businesses. If the providers request a referral to a specialist, that will be handled on-site by Sara. MVFHC also provides on-site X-Rays (stop by and see Patti or Brian), Pulmonary Function testing, RRMC Lab affiliate services, EKG’s as well as a multitude of many other services that aren’t always available locally. Mettowee Valley Family Health Center, affiliated with Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, offers extended office hours in the evening on most days for the convenience of its patients. They also are open at 7 a.m. on most mornings to offer early appointments to their patients who would like to receive

their medical care before they go to work or school. Its affiliated site in Castleton, Vt., is open on Saturdays and Sundays for patients who need urgent medical care on the weekends. The MVFHC providers see patients on the weekends at the Castleton office on a rotating basis. There is on-call service available after regular office hours if their patients have an emergency or need to speak with a doctor. Mettowee Valley Family Health Center offers sliding-fee scales to their patients who do not have medical insurance. There is an application process and the sliding-fee scale is based on income and family size. Please call the office to inquire about the sliding-fee scales. Visit our web site at www.chcrr. org. As a patient of MVFHC or any Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region office, you will receive an invitation to sign up for our patient portal after we have entered your email address into our computer system. With an active patient portal account, you may request a prescription refill on-line, request an appointment on-line or pay your bill on-line. Rest assured that while the horizon of healthcare is an ever-changing model, Mettowee Valley Family Health Center will always strive to provide that hometown touch. It’s things like knowing that when you call in that you’re probably going to get Samantha, Carol, Leslie, or Joanne on the phone and you will more than likely see Terri, Wendy, Amy, Deb or Amanda as one of your nurses that the patients appreciate. MVFHC also has on site transcription and medical records services provided by Kay, Leslie and Michele. To call Mettowee Valley Family Health Center, dial 802-645-0580 or if you have to call long distance you may call 1-800-730-2559.

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For the freshest produce and meats, it’s tough to beat your local farmers’ markets. The Route 22 Farmers’ Markets, located in Salem, Granville and Whitehall, offer a variety of both food and crafts. The markets opened in 1996 to promote fresh local food for families. Today, customers can find USDA meats, eggs, produce, fruit, syrups, honey, baked goods, along with soaps and crafts. The markets even Route 22 Farmers' Market has locations in Granville, offer dog treats for their Whitehall and Salem, N.Y. canine customers. All three markets are always looking The Route 22 Farmers’ Markets only sell food produced within a for more vendors. Anyone interested can 50-mile radius. All products are 100 per- call Beth at 802-645-0398. The Granville cent natural. Patrons will find the ven- Farmers’ Market is open from 2-6 p.m. on Mondays in the Big Lots parking lot on dors set up rain or shine. Market manager Beth Kashner notes Quaker Street. The Whitehall Farmers’ that there is now grilling at the Salem Market is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on and Whitehall locations. She adds that Tuesdays in the town park on by shopping at the farmers’ market, cus- Skenesborough Drive, and the Salem tomers are supporting good, local, chem- Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays ical-free food. “It’s all-natural goodness,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the gazebo on Main Street. she says.

Trolley Stop Restaurant Great food right in town Since opening in 2006, the Trolley Stop Restaurant has become a fixture on Poultney’s Main Street. The chef-owned restaurant is a local favorite, known for its fresh, high-quality food. Owner Andy DelPezzo’s 40 years in the restaurant business guarantees customers a great dining experience. “I have been cooking since my high school days,” he said. The Trolley Stop serves lunch, dinner, beer and wine in a casual atmosphere. “It’s a very cozy environment with great artwork. There’s a beautiful collage mural of old Poultney done by local artist Matt Sutton,” said Andy. In fact, it was the historic brick colonial-style building that inspired him to open his restaurant here. “I loved the look of this 200-year-old Andrew, Emily and Andrew house, and converted it into the able prices; it’s great food right in town.” restaurant that it is,” he said. Located at 143 Main Street in Poultney, In the near future, the Trolley Stop the Trolley Stop can be reached by callplans to offer a craft beer and wine bar. Andy said he is most proud of “the ing 802-287-5858. The restaurant is open quality of food we put out at very reason- Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.




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Peter and Roxann Flynn have owned and operated the Panorama Motel for more than 12 years now. The convenient location is on Route 22A in Hampton, between Fair Haven and Granville, N.Y. Its place up on the hill is well recognized and often mentioned by former guests and passersby recalling it fondly. It’s a real pleasure, the Flynns say, to have guests come in who remember it from years past and want to discuss its history and previous owners. The Flynns are the sixth owners in its nearly 50-year history. The Panorama Motel has been a great place through the Roxann and Peter Flynn, owners. years for people to stay when visiting or taking part in events sliding glass doors leading to the private and activities at Green Mountain patio in each room; they have added elecCollege, a mile away in Poultney, or at trical service to each room to accommoCastleton State College, a few miles fur- date air conditioning, outside charging ther away. In addition, the quiet and stations for boats and protected service peaceful location and incredible season- and ventilation in the bathrooms; and al views of the New York and Vermont they have added comforts to the rooms countryside make it a welcome venue for including queen beds, wide-screen TVs, those returning to the area to visit fami- refrigerators, microwaves and coffee ly and friends as well as for local guests and tea. to “take a break from it all.” “More than anything, we want people The Lakes Region offers a rich to feel like they’ve had a real break when Revolutionary War history and they leave us,” they say. “We want them renowned slate and stone resources as to be happy that the Panorama Motel well as fishing and boating on the lakes was a part of their Lakes Region and (St. Catherine—five miles, Bomoseen— Slate Valley experience.” eight miles, Champlain—12 miles) and They never tire of hearing, as a recent great golf at reasonable prices in guest put it, “You have a wonderful place Poultney, Hampton and Whitehall, N.Y. to get away and relax. It’s very peaceful All of these bring new and returning here and I would love to come back again guests each year and the Flynns try very soon.” hard to make sure that clean, comfortRates as low as $59 a night make the able and inviting rooms are prepared for Panorama Motel a perfect stop for busithem and maintained during their stays. ness or pleasure. Call 518-282 9648 or tollThe motel has changed a lot in the free 800-423-9648 and talk to Peter or Flynns’ time. They have added eight-foot Roxann for reservations.

CBH Business Services Inc. Working one-on-one with clients CBH Business Services is an income tax and accounting service for small businesses and individuals. The company has been in business since 1998 and during that time there have been many changes in the tax laws, most of them affecting the taxpayer. C a t h e r i n e Bostock-Hudy became an enrolled agent, the highest credential the IRS awards, in 2004. She participates in con- Cindy Prevost with tinuing education annually to keep up with the fast-paced changes in tax legislation. Catherine is proud of the relationships CBH Business Services is able to develop with clients. “We work one-on-one with the clients,” she said. Catherine also offers tax planning and IRS representation for individuals and business as well as accounting services for small businesses. “I like working with small businesses,” she said. “They have unique issues and need someone who understands and can work with them.” The company has two offices, one at

owner Catherine Bostock-Hudy 1130 River Road in West Pawlet, Vt., and the other at 21 Dix Avenue in Glens Falls, which is open year-round. During the past year the company has gone to social networks such as Facebook to help get their business out there a little more. Like their page to get up-to-date information on preparing for your taxes and so much more. To learn more about how CBH Business Services can help your small business, or assist you in filing your taxes, call their Vermont office at 802645-9900, or their New York office at 518793-8546. “We are always accepting new clients,” she said.

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G & L General Store A unique light hearted country store G&L stands for “Greg and Lisa,” and running Benson’s busy general store is very much a partnership for the Fontaines. “Not many couples could work with their spouse, but we make it work,” Lisa said. “Greg is the boss in the store, and I’m the boss at home, ha-ha!” That sense of humor is exactly one of the many things G&L General Store’s customers enjoy. “We try to keep it light-hearted and make it an enjoyable place for people to shop,” Lisa said. “Most days, you will hear a lot of laughter among customers and employees. Greg normally has a joke or two just waiting for someone. People usually leave the store with a smile on their face.” But the store hasn’t maintained almost 12 years of success just because of its casual, friendly atmosphere – it also has a little something for everybody. The store, located at 2813 Rte. 22A, offers groceries, a full deli, pizza, soft-serve ice cream, slushies, chicken, pork, steak, hamburger and local Vermont honey and maple products, used cars, gas and diesel. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., G&L also offers hunting and fishing licenses and serves as a big-game reporting station. “We try to give everything a little TLC to make customers feel appreciated,” Lisa said. “We do what we can for them; sometimes it’s helping them with directions, even if it means looking it up on

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Greg and Lisa Fontaine, owners. the Internet, making a phone call, or helping them find a hotel. We try to be more than just a store.” The store opened in 2004 after the Fontaines bought a camp at Sunset Lake in 2003. Greg had always wanted to own a store and live in a nice, rural setting. Now, 11 ½ years after the Fontaines opened G&L General Store, there’s no sign of them slowing down. “We’re still going strong,” they said, “thanks to our customers and our dedicated employees – Squiggles, Sonny, Sarah, Dan, Anna and Amanda.” G&L General Store can be reached by calling 802-537-4041.

Maplewood Inn Bed & Breakfast

MacLeod’s Lumber and Hardware has been serving Granville, Whitehall and surrounding communities since 1988 supplying superior building products specifically engineered for the Northeast for the needs of builders and contractors, from roof top to foundation and also carrying product lines such as pool supplies, wood pellets, lawn care items including grass seed and fertilizer to meet the Bart Bartholomew, owner. needs of residents. knowledge and competitive pricing MacLeod’s expanding, broad range of product lines all provides contractors and residential meet a standard of excellence with customers with the best possible expenames like Larson doors, Silverline rience. For your next project whether it’s windows, Owens Corning insulation and roofing shingles, Martin Senor new construction, remodeling, renopaint to Bruce flooring. The store also vating or seasonal needs, stop by and carries quality kitchen and bathroom visit the professional, friendly staff at products, insulated concrete forms, MacLeod’s Lumber and Hardware on framing lumber, mill work, engineered Route 4 in Whitehall or call them at roof trusses and metal roofing. You 518-499-0213. MacLeod’s Lumber and will also find an extensive line of hard- Hardware, helping build our communiware. These quality products coupled ties one project at a time, where delivwith the superior customer service, ery is always available.

Marble Valley Regional Transit District Take "The Bus" For 35 years, Marble Valley Regional Transit District has provided safe, reliable and accessible transportation to Rutland and the surrounding towns of the greater Rutland area. The signature red and white buses are known simply as “The Bus” to all who utilize this The Bus operates in Rutland and surrounding areas. convenient service. Not only do they proquality of life in Rutland and the survide transportation to the general public, they also enhance self- rounding areas. In May of 2015 alone, “The Bus” prosufficiency for the elderly, disabled, and those without transportation. Other vided 29,000 rides. That is 29,000 times needs served include social and human two vehicles are not starting and drivservice agencies, schools and business- ing, lessening the area’s environmental es. By providing reliable and coordinat- impact. For a complete list of routes and ed transportation, Marble Valley Regional Transit District has improved times, visit or contact the economic, social and environmental the dispatcher at 802-773-3244 ext. 117.

Maplewood Inn is located in Fair Haven.

Historic inn reopens After many great experiences staying at bed and breakfasts, Paul and Roy Allen-Webber decided to take the plunge and purchase their own B&B, opening the Maplewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Fair Haven this year. “We found the property quite by accident,” Paul says. “We drove to see it in June 2014, and everything fell into place.” The property had operated as the Maplewood Inn from 1986 to 2013. To bring it up to 2015 specs, Paul and Roy completely renovated the kitchen, painted the exterior, refurnished nearly every room, and freshened up the overall look of the inn. “We’re most proud of the many renovations and improvements we’ve made to the inn in preparation for our grand opening,” says Paul. The new innkeepers plan to hold an

open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 16, which will feature tours and light refreshments. The grand opening is currently planned for Aug. 26. Paul points out that the Maplewood Inn (the Asahel Kidder House) is the only single structure in Fair Haven that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He says that the main portion of the building dates to 1843, but they have been told that a portion of the house dates from 1775-1795. The Maplewood Inn Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located at 1108 South Main Street/Route 22A in Fair Haven, close to Routes 4 and 4A. “There’s so much to see and do just minutes away,” Paul comments. “And for the history buff, there’s so many stories right here at the Maplewood Inn.” Visit them on the web at maplewoodinnbedandbreakfast. com or reach the inn at 802-278-8286.

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Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge Ram Great summer clearance event Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge Ram is proud of its 68-year-old track record. Excellent service, knowledgeable staff and customer incentives are all roads that lead to the dealership’s success. “Our repeat customer rate is twice the national average for Chrysler and Dodge dealers,” Will Dodge, dealership owner said. “The adage that all dealers pay the same for their vehicles is true; the fact is we don’t have a Jim Bradt and bright, new shiny facility that customers have to pay for when they purchase a vehicle from us. Our overhead is truly lower, which means the savings to the customer is the bottom line. New incentives and low overhead pricing means great deals. Customers can save big.” Customers stopping by this summer can take advantage of the Summer Clearance event, but don’t wait too long. Now is the time to get that new Ram 1500 you’ve had your eye on. The lineup is excellent for work or play. The 2015 Dodge Dart or the 2015 Chrysler 200 is stylish and affordable and gets excellent gas mileage, and the roomy 2015 Dodge Journey will provide excellent stability and gas mileage in unsettled weather. America’s best selling minivan the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan gives you the room and safety needed for all those family trips and sporting events and practices. After all, it is America’s best-selling minivan for a reason. If you work as hard as you play, check out the 2015 Ram 3500, the term Ram Tough says it all. The all new Promaster City delivery vehicle or mobile workshop with best in class pay load up to 1883 pounds and a 29 highway EPA estimated mpg. To keep your vehicle in top running order, you’re in great hands with vet-

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Helping people in a time of need Walter Ducharme knows how difficult it can be to concentrate on funeral arrangements after losing a loved one. That’s why he wants families to know his two operations, Ducharme Funeral Home in Castleton and Roberts Aubin Funeral Home in Poultney, want to make an incredibly sensitive time as easy as possible. “Having been working in the emergency medical services for years, I found it was another way to help people in a time of need,” said the Castleton First Responders member who was also inspired by his father-in-law, Doug King, whom he has worked with. Ducharme has owned his own funeral home since it opened in Castleton in 2002 and acquired the Poultney funeral home in June 2010. The two businesses specialize in memorial products and services,

including keepsakes, caskets and urns. He also operates his own crematory. “I’m very proud of owning our own crematory and handling the process of cremation from start to end,” he said. “It provides peace of mind for families knowing their loved one never leaves our care.” People are always surprised, Ducharme said, with the savings they realize when they chose to have him prepare their memorial services. Customers are encouraged to shop around and compare prices and services, but if they choose Ducharme, they will be well taken care of. For more information, call Ducharme Funeral Home at 802-468-0026 or Roberts Aubin Funeral Home at 802-287-5511, or go online to and

Fair Haven Fitness A fitness community of support

Will Dodge. eran service manager Jay Muratorri. Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge Ram does all warranty work for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. With the Chrysler tire works program and their Lee Whitmore state-of-the-art Hunter wheel-alignment system they can take care of your tire and suspension needs. For a quality used vehicle, check out the display lot on the corners of Main Street and Prospect Street in Fair Haven. FHCD gives top allowances for quality trades. See veteran sales consultants Jim Bradt or Lee Whittmore today and ask about some of the great prices and incentives. “Remember, New York residents do not pay Vermont sales tax,” Dodge said. “Come drive and discover at the summer clearance event; you may walk away with a great vehicle at a great price.” Fair Haven Dodge Ram is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon or 24/7 online at Call 802-265-4964 or turn off Main Street onto 20 Liberty St., Fair Haven.

Fitness has always been a big part of Jamie and Meghan Matta’s lives, and with their business, Fair Haven Fitness, they are committed to helping people of all ages achieve a healthy lifestyle. “We’re always doing something active, from hiking to obstacle course racing to power lifting,” says Jamie. “We enjoy sharing that passion.” Jamie notes that Fair Haven Fitness celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The fitness center offers power lifting, personal training, nutrition guidance, and many fitness classes. New this year is the youth boot camp, the adult boot camp is now in its fourth year. “The thing that separates us from other fitness centers is that we are a community,” says Jamie. “Everyone is working towards a goal, and everyone supports each other.” Jamie is a certified personal trainer and national level power lifter. Meghan Jamie, Megan and Cole Matta handles marketing and prowhether it is our youth boot camps, motion of the business in addition to her career as a teacher at Fair power lifting, or weight loss,” he says. “We can help people achieve any goal Haven Union High School. In the near future, Jamie says that he they set!” Fair Haven Fitness is located at 8 hopes to add spinning to the offerings at Fair Haven Fitness and update the cardio Main Street in Fair Haven. Their hours of business are Monday-Thursday from area. Whatever your fitness goal, the profes- 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5-8 p.m., Saturday sionals at Fair Haven Fitness can help from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can be reached at 802you achieve it. “I am most proud of our diversity, 265-3470.

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Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy

Ryan Mahar D.P.T., Donna Brown P.T., Christy Yaddow P.T.A., and Emily Macura D.P.T.

Big changes coming this fall Our mission at Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C. has always been to provide high-quality, one-on-one patient care. We have done so for over 25 years and will continue to do so. Our commitment to our patients is unwavering. Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C., is a local, trusted resource for rehabilitation of non-surgical injuries, surgical injuries and worker compensation injuries. We want to express gratitude to all of our patients and the communities around us for making us the “go-to” clinic for physical therapy services. The quality of the care we provide to our patients is highlighted whenever a patient asks for us specifically to receive their physical therapy care from us. This fall, we are excited to share the news that we will be adding a new location in the neighboring community of Poultney, Vt. The previous physical therapy office owner of Source Physical Therapy, Tyler Arnett, PT, DPT, and his wife Annie are relocating to Arizona. Due to our overwhelming presence and strong reputation in the Lakes Region, Tyler asked us if we could continue to serve the immediate area by considering adding a satellite office in Poultney. We could not be more excited about this opportunity. After just recently closing our New York-based office, the Poultney location will now allow for even more convenience to all of our New York and southern Rutland County patients to receive their physical therapy care. Our staff at Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C, is committed to staying current with the latest concepts, treatment techniques and tools in their field via continuing education courses and seminars. Our clinical staff includes three physical therapists and one physical therapist assistant. We offer experience and competence in the following areas: general orthopedics, overuse injuries, sports-related injuries, work condi-

tioning, spinal care, neurological conditions, pediatric conditions, lymphatic drainage and vestibular rehabilitation. Owner-Physical Therapist Donna Brown states, “Physical therapy addresses a broad range of conditions. If you or a family member are not sure if physical therapy is appropriate, feel free to contact us at any time via phone or email. In addition, check out our website (www. This allows the community to learn more about our facility, to become more educated about physical therapy and various injuries, as well to contact the physical therapists or office staff directly via personalized emails! You can also ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook and find more information there.” From our Vermont offices, we will continue to provide the same level of care you have come to expect and appreciate from all of us at Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, PC. It is our intent to reach out with patient education and empower people to return to their everyday home, work and play activities. With the use of home exercise programs, inhouse educational bulletin boards, educational newspaper articles geared towards improved wellness and injury prevention and now with additional educational tools on our website, we strive to make you healthier and more active. We accept most insurances, including Medicare, regardless of where you live (New York or Vermont). Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C., is available to you and your family in Fair Haven, Vt. and soon in Poultney, Vt. The Fair Haven office is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The phone number is 802-265-4055. OR visit us on the web at Look for updated ads that will have our NEW Poultney contact information soon.

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Durkee Insurance Agency Consistent and professional service Durkee Insurance Agency cordially invites all area residents to utilize its service, a service that meets each individual’s insurance needs. “It is the goal of the Durkee Agency to provide consistent and professional service to all,” owner Kevin Durkee said. “We are a multi-line insurance agency offering business and personal property, casualty, life, disability income and longterm insurance. We serve all of Rutland and Bennington Counties in Vermont, and Washington County in New York.” Durkee urged potential patrons to permit his agency to “be a valuable insurance resource for you. We will take the time to listen to your special insurance needs, analyze your specific requirements and provide professional insurance solutions that meet your individual needs.” Tracing the history of his company, Durkee (ChFC) related that he began his own insurance career in 1978 and opened Durkee Agency in 1980. He reported that Mary Ann Munger, CISR, is senior vicepresident of agency operations and began her insurance career at Durkee Agency in 1990. Marion Sheldrick, CISR, is vice president of commercial lines. She began her insurance career in 1991 and joined Durkee Agency in 1999.

Newcomer Amy Messer, personal lines customer service, joined the firm in 2013. Durkee added that Tom Pyle, CLU, ChFC, and his assistant, Lisa Waterhouse, are also available to meet with customers. Pyle has more than 30 years experience serving clients’ financial needs, which, Durkee notes, further enables Durkee Agency “to be your onestop shop for completing your insurance portfolio.” Durkee Insurance Agency is located at 651 Route 22A N., Fair Haven, Vt. Office hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Durkee stressed that evening and weekend appointments are also available, “and we still make house calls.” The phone is 802-265-3439 and the agency is online at



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Poultney House of Pizza

Dream Team Cleaning

Much more than just pizza

Team work makes the dream work

The sign may read, “Poultney House of Pizza,” but the eatery, located at 245 Main St. in Poultney, offers much more. “We’re more than just pizzas. We use only handpicked, fresh ingredients and make everything just the way you like it,” explained owner Nick Nanopoulos. If variety is the spice of life, the restaurant is one spicy place, delivering an exhaustive menu. Besides pizza, the eatery serves customers a variety of dishes from calzones and grinders to Italian din- Kosta, Nick, Eugene, Brandy, Debbie and Lou ners. “From the grill, we offer trusted employees, Brandy, Debbie, Lori steak and cheese sandwiches and ham- and Eugene. burgers. We also offer gyros, salads, and Poultney House of Pizza has been of course, our famous gourmet pizzas,” serving the community of Poultney explained Nanopoulos. “It’s the same since the 1970s, the best anyone can recipe I’ve been using since I got in the recall. The shop has had several owners business.” over the years, Nanopoulos being the New to the menu are wraps with pas- most recent. trami, egg, meat or veggies. “I took it over in 2007,” he explained. Nanopoulos has been in the business “One of my friends owned it before I did, since he was a child. and I had the opportunity to take over “I’ve always worked in restaurants,” for him.” Nanopoulos said. “Growing up, my famPatrons can eat in or take out. The ily owned several. Pizza is what I know eatery is open Tuesday through best.” Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays Nanopoulos said after owning a res- from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from taurant in Tucson, Ariz., he moved back 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 9 here because most of his family is from p.m. They are closed on Mondays. the area. In fact, some of that family They can be reached at 802-287-9439. assists him at the restaurant, including “It’s good quality recipes and good his daughter Lia, his son Kosta and quality food,” Nanopoulos said.

Fair Haven Rotary

If a busy lifestyle makes finding time to get your house cleaned impossible, the experts at Dream Team Cleaning are ready to help. Owned by Emma Hartley, the company does residential cleaning in Castleton, Poultney, Wells, Pawlet, Dorset and Manchester. “We are young and energetic,” said Emma. “We give much attention to detail.” Dream Team Cleaning will perform both general and deep cleaning. They will also clean camp rentals on Lake Bomoseen and Lake St. Catherine. The company is fully insured. It’s easy to set up a cleaning appointment with Dream Team Cleaning. Simply contact the business by emailing emmahar Emma looks forward to serving all your residential cleaning needs.

Owner Emma Hartley.

Doug's Landscaping 40 years experience Doug Duncan has always enjoyed the outdoors, so much so that he made it his life’s work. As owner of Doug’s Landscaping, he performs all aspects of landscape construction and contracting from his home base in Poultney. Doug originally formed the business back in 1975 in Long Island. In 2013, he decided to escape the more populated area and move to Poultney. “I chose this town because of its beauty and large open lands,” he says. With 40 years of experi- Doug Duncan, owner. Doug says that all his work is perence, Doug can handle everything from building rock walls, ponds, formed within the company, with no stone patios, decks, grading, driveways subcontractors. “I just do one project at a time, with and walkways. He can also do grading, sod and seed lawns, and plant trees and no contractor shuffle,” he comments. “I shrubs. Other services include clearing am always on the job.” To reach Doug’s Landscaping, call land, irrigation, and building outdoor 802-287-1777. structures.

Poulos Insurance Jeff Larson presenting fellow Fair Haven Rotary members the Paul Harris award: l to r: Jeff Larson, Bob Day, Glenn Hampton, Bill Stevenson.

Making a difference Fair Haven Rotary is part of a worldwide organization of fellow Rotarians, Rotary International, that focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. Your local Rotary members have been very busy. Each year some members choose to go abroad and help out with such projects as Hands to Honduras for international missions for clean water and to build schools. Spring Clean up at the Castleton Community Center was in full gear in April this year as Rotary Members, Castleton State College football team and volunteers worked together to greenup the Castleton Community Center. Promoting leadership and new membership in their community, the Rotary Club does so through such organizations as the Castleton State College Rotarack Club and promoting education in the form of recognition to Fair Haven Union High School Students quarterly throughout the school year and also awards 3 yearly scholarships to outstanding students, the Jack Helm Scholarship and 2

Rotary Scholarships. Interaction with high school and college students is hoped to inspire the next generation into service. Improving and growing local economies one step at a time, one year at a time. The Great Benson Ice Fishing Derby held in February celebrated a 43rd year this year and has continued to be a success year after year, bringing many to our community and locals together for some great winter fun. Let’s not forget the Fair Haven Rotary Sportsman Raffle. Happening at present time! Tickets being sold for $5 each, 3 for $10 or 10 for $20 for a chance at 4 great prizes! A Ruger Hawkeye .270 rifle, Mossberg 500 series 12 gauge pump action shot gun, Burke 10.6’ SUP w/bungee paddleboard and paddle, $400 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods, plus cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50. Drawing is to be held at 12:30 p.m. November 3, 2105 at the Rotary Club meeting at the Fair Haven Inn. For more information about joining the Fair Haven Rotary or any event, please contact Bill Stevenson at 802-2352223.

Recently merged with national company Poulos Insurance, with branches around New Hampshire and Vermont and headquarters in St. Johnsbury, has partnered with a national company, National Financial Partners (NFP) to expand their offerings locally. According to Dan Lussier, “The current owners of Poulos continue to have ownership with the NFP company. It’s business as usual for everything we’ve been doing, except now, hav- Poulos Insurance ing NFP as a partner, it will also enable us to offer a wide variety of additional products like wealth management investments, employee benefits, and all lines of financial planning.” Merging with a national company will also allow Poulos to offer insurance to customers who own properties in other parts of the country. One major change that has already begun is an expansion of Poulos locations around the Northeast.

is located in Poultney. “We’ll be responsible for Vermont, Connecticut and upstate New York. We’ll be adding locations in those areas, which will increase the employment need for St. Johnsbury and local offices, as this area will be the hub to process business for the East Coast. We expect to add 10 to 15 positions in St. Johnsbury in the next year.” Locally, Poulos Insurance is located at 74 Depot Street, Poultney, VT 05764. They can be reached at 802-287-2324.

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Happy Paws Daycare

Whitehall, N.Y.

Your dogs will love it here Do you have a high-strung dog, full of energy? Or do you have a dog that just lies around all day? Are you just too tired after work to exercise your dog? Kevin and Jill Mulholland of Happy Paws Daycare can handle these problems and more. The Mulhollands recognized in 2005 the need for such a facility and opened Happy Paws Daycare. The 4,000-square-foot building with more than 14,000-square feet of outdoor runs is a wonderful playground. “The dogs run in a pack throughout this facility, in and Samantha out at will, with the smallest dog, the Yorkshire Terrier, five pounds, and the biggest, a St. Bernard and Great Dane Mix, 145 pounds.” Jill Mulholland adds that running Happy Paws is a “lot of fun, and a very rewarding occupation. To see these dogs interact and get along is just amazing.” She added that at Happy Paws, the following skills are taught: simple commands, socialization skills, exercise and often house training. The Mulhollands also noted that their facility maintains a retail store selling premium dog and cat food. Happy Paws even has a do-it-yourself dog wash. The wash consists of a stateof-the-art, raised, stainless-steel tub and ramp, with a re-circulating wash system and high-volume air dryer. All sup-

Commercial space for rent or sale with a beautiful view! Mulholland plies are included, high-quality, high protein shampoo and conditioners, combs and brushes, towels and apron. They will even clean up the mess. Jill claimed the entire dog-cleaning process takes less than a half hour. New in 2015, Samantha Mulholland, daughter of Jill and Kevin, has become a certified trainer. Samantha is proud to offer obedience training and adds, “It is best to have both owner and dog together at the training sessions because success depends on how much you work with your dog.” Questions about Happy Paws Daycare located at 82 Route 30, just north of Castleton Corners, can be answered by calling 802-468-3033. Happy Paws is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

Chamber welcomes new businesses Located on busy Route 4 in New York between Fair Haven, Vt., and Comstock, NY, the town of Whitehall, which was settled in 1759 by British Army Capt. Philip Skene, was once a center of maritime trade. Famous for its place in history as being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy, the town has several historical landmarks, buildings and battle sites. The small town has gone through several transformations over the years, with a beautiful Main Street and Veterans park and three new businesses opening on Main Street in the past two years. Visitors and residents can enjoy waterfront dining or a one-of-a-kind meal at the Skene Manor, Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter’s resi-

dence, now beautifully restored. Maybe even keep an eye out for the Louis McClure, a full-scale replica of an 1862 class sailing boat built in Burlington, Vt. Whitehall is also home to Skenesborough Museum, a wonderful way to discover the history of Whitehall. See the hull of the USS Ticonderoga, learn about Philip Skene and Benedict Arnold. In present day, the town features several restaurants, antique shopping, golfing, fishing, boating, a summer concert series, summer carnival and more. Stop by for a visit anytime. For more information on upcoming town events, shows, dining, lodging, shopping or opening your business in Whitehall, visit

Devil's Bowl Speedway

Asphalt and dirt track action-packed family fun.

Fun for the whole family

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway is “Vermont’s Fastest Family Fun” and has an entertaining schedule lined up for the second half of the summer. The facility hosts NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing each Friday night at 7:30 p.m. through August on its half-mile asphalt oval, with special events on its new 3/10-mile infield dirt track. The region’s top asphalt racers flock to Devil’s Bowl for weekly action in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, including Joey “Fireball” Roberts, Robert Bryant Jr., multi-time champions Todd Stone and Ron Proctor, and fanfavorites Vince Quenneville Jr., and Josh “Kid Rocket” Masterson. The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl runs special weekend events every three to four weeks, drawing stars Tim LaDuc, Adam Pierson, and Kenny Tremont Jr. – winner of more than 300 racers during his career. Modifieds, Renegades, and Mini Stocks run on both tracks. Late Models also compete on the asphalt, while the dirt track has special appearances by the

Sprint Cars of New England and the Outlaw Midget Series. High speeds, intense racing, and wild crashes are all part of the fun on both tracks. It’s more than just racing, though: Devil’s Bowl Speedway is a familyfriendly facility that has good food, free admission for kids age 12 and under, and entertainment for all ages. Kids can take a ride on the “Fun Bus” during intermission or play in the video arcade, adults can enjoy a cold beer in the “Devil’s Den” lounge, and fun, interactive promotions mean the fans are part of the show. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more infor mation, visit www. or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

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Fidelity Hearing Aid Center

Debonis, Wright & Carris, P.C.

Superior products, pricing and service

Full-service law firm

Did you know that the average hearing aid user spends hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than necessary to get good quality hearing aids? Why? The answer is easy: high-pressure marketing. Expensive ads promise rock-bottom prices but once people are in the store they are sold way over the true value of the instruments they obtain. 10% of all Americans (22 million people) have a significant hearing loss. 90% of those people can be helped with hearing aids. It is probable that you or some- Ed Wheeler, owner, and Rachel Wheeler-Ethier one close to you is missing out in routine- not hyped up "special" activilife because of hearing loss. Fidelity Hearing Aid Center exists to ties. Our activities include the supply of provide the most excellent service avail- new hearing aids and service and repair of existing hearing aids. You are encourable to the individuals and families of adults who are experiencing hearing aged to contact us now with questions or loss. We serve the Rutland, Bennington to get help. Fidelity Hearing Aid Center is located and Burlington, Vermont regions. Complete hearing evaluations including at 138 West Street in Rutland Vermont. video otoscopy and simulated hearing Please call 802-775-7790, toll free 877-274situations are performed as part of our 4618 for more information or an appointment.

The law firm of Debonis, Wright & Carris, P.C., is located at 226 Main Street in Poultney. In 1969, Joseph A. DeBonis founded the firm, and for the past 46 years has provided legal representation to clients from Poultney, Rutland, northern Bennington and southern Addison counties. In 2009, William “Tracy” Carris joined the firm and is Front - Meg Jones and Rebecca Ivanovs. Back - Colleen Wallace, Joann Higgins, Joe Debonis and Tracy Carris now a partner. DeBonis, Wright & Carris, P.C., is a full-service law firm and administrative proceedings. William “Tracy” Carris grew up in offering services in varying fields of law Clarendon and graduated from Mount from real estate, estate planning, litigaSt. Joseph High School in Rutland. He tion, family law and corporations. Joseph A. DeBonis is a 1961 graduate then attended the University of Vermont of Poultney High School and a 1965 and Florida Atlantic University, where graduate of the University of Vermont. he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He In 1968, he received his LLLB from the went on to Tulane Law School in New University of Maine Law School. He was Orleans to earn his Juris Doctorate in admitted to practice in Vermont in 1968, 2001. Following law school, he worked as an attorney for the state of Florida in as well as the U.S. District Court of Vermont. He was a former attorney the Sixteenth Circuit Public Defender’s member of the Vermont Real Estate Office. He then worked in real estate development in Roatan, Honduras. Commission, and adjunct professor of real estate at Castleton State College, a Tracy’s areas of concentration are real course instructor for the Graduate estate, estate planning, litigation, family Realtor Institute and a consultant to law and corporations. The firm’s support staff includes Educational Testing Service of Margaret Jones, legal assistant and title Princeton, N.J. He is currently a member of the Vermont Bar Association and abstractor; Joann Higgins, legal assismember and past president of the tant and billing and accounting clerk; Rutland County Bar Association. His Rebecca Ivanovs, legal assistant and proareas of practice include residential and bate coordinator; and Colleen Wallace, commercial real estate, business organi- legal assistant and real estate coordinazation, wills, probate, estate planning tor.

Bruno's Auto Repair Competitive pricing fair and reasonable For over a quarter prices. For automotive century, Bruno's has repair services at reabeen setting a higher sonable rates, trust standard for profesyour car, truck or SUV sional car care across to the folks who care at Rutland County. You Br uno's. Need will find Bruno's hourEmergency Services? ly rates to be among the We provide 24- Hour most competitive in the AAA Towing Services region, far less than call us direct! new car dealers. Route 4 Killington, At Bruno's, you'll Vermont also find top-notch 802-422-8698 mechanics who are Route 4A, Bomoseen highly knowledgeable Vermont and willing to provide 802-468- 5373 helpful advice that will Johnny and Austin Bruno 137 N. Main Street, save you money and Rutland Vermont extend the life of your 802-773-9747 vehicle 261 Randbury Road, Rutland Vermont You can trust Bruno's for quality 802-773-2232 workmanship and dependable service at

JET Automotive

Lake St. Catherine Country Club Golf with great views Since 1925, the Lake St. Catherine Country Club has offered golfers a spectacular golfing experience. “ L a ke St. Catherine is a friendly golf course for the average golfer,” said golf pro/ manager Scott DeCandia. “The course exceeds the bang for the buck.” Located in Poultney, the Lake Golf Pro Scott DeCandia and Chef Andy DelPezzo St. Catherine Country Club feaNational Long Drive Championship, tures an 18-hole course and a restau- which he won in both 1980 and 1989. rant. As a result of that success, he became “The golf course has the best views part of the “350 Club.” Scott got to in the area,” DeCandia said. meet legends like Nicklaus, Palmer The club is at 2725 Route 30, in a and Snead. scenic area near the Lake St. Catherine Golfers are invited to cap off their State Park. day at club with a visit to the Fairways With his father Joe DeCandia as the Grille for a beverage and light fare. course golf pro for many years, Scott For more information or to book a DeCandia grew up at the course and tee time, call the Lake St. Catherine knows it well. He went on to the U.S. Country Club at 802-287-9341.

Justin Bolster with his son, Tanner.

Honest service, honest prices Vehicle acting up? Broken down? No problem, just call 802-265-2358. JET Automotive, located on 11 Main Street in Fair Haven, services most makes and models and will have you back on the road as quickly as possible. Operated by Justin Bolster, who has 16 years of repair experience, JET Automotive is ready to help you out. The key is to maintain your vehicle with a regular maintenance schedule, so there aren’t as many surprises, and repairs can be planned for. Ignoring sounds and running abnormalities may cause bigger problems. Fall is a crucial time of year. With winter weather right around the corner, it’s time to plan for new tires, check batteries, belts, hoses, antifreeze, and alter-

nators. Sub-cold weather causes many problems, so be ready. Spring is also a good time for a check-over. Vermont and New York’s rough winter can cause damage to your vehicle’s suspension, causing poor handling. In addition, you’ll want to get that A/C system checked over before Mother Nature blasts the region with a hot steamy summer. Looking for a good secondhand vehicle? No problem. New in 2015, Justin has a few of those on the lot, too. Inventory is constantly changing. So stop by for a look. JET Automotive also offers Vermont State Vehicle inspections, senior discounts and military discounts. Call Justin today at 802-265-2358.

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LiHigh School

Misty Heather Morn Reliable, comfortable and safe

The students and staff of LiHigh School in Poultney.

Inspiring students to reach higher Since 2006, the LiHigh School in Poultney has offered local students an alternative to the traditional educational model. The independent school, located at 28 Depot Street, serves students in grades 6-12. “Our curriculum is guided by our students’ interests and passions,” said Greg Rosenthal, the school’s founder and co-director. “I am deeply inspired by students’ energy and creativity.” At LiHigh School, students engage in project-based learning that is supported by seminars, workshops and internships. The school operates a commercial

kitchen, which is the cornerstone of its excellent culinary program. “Our students do all the cooking under the tutelage of our head chef,” said Rosenthal. New this year, the culinary students are selling their own Paninis and baked goods at the Poultney Farmers’ Market. Rosenthal said that he is most proud of the fact that “our students feel cared for, respected and inspired to pursue their learning.” More information about LiHigh School is available by calling 802-4884191 or at

Community College of Vermont

The friendly staff at CCV Rutland.

Providing high-quality service CCV Rutland is the Community College of Vermont’s second largest academic center in the state, serving over 700 students each semester. Situated in the heart of downtown Rutland city, we celebrate cultural ties with many educational, business, and industry neighbors. Our convenient location, combined with a wide array of course offerings, degrees and certificates, affords students rich opportunities right within our local community. We take great pride in providing the highest quality of service and attention to each student. Honoring individuality and diversity, we spend time with each person discussing career goals, course and program placement, financial aid options, and overall marketability in the workplace. CCV Rutland offers extensive Veterans support services to support veterans and military-connected students in their transition to civilian life and college, and to achieve their academic goals. The Rutland academic center serves as CCV’s workforce development hub, leading the college’s collaboration with businesses from several industry sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, education, hospitality, childcare, and

retail. Across Vermont, CCV’s workforce training programs have helped businesses move to the next level of success and employees climb the career ladder in their chosen field. From leadership and management training programs to use of technology seminars, CCV’s customized workforce training programs deliver positive results that translate into business growth. We also connect directly with the younger generations of Rutland and its surrounding communities through our robust secondary education offerings. Our Introduction to College Studies course is made available to high school students at no cost and provides a strong foundation for college-level learning. Paired with our dual enrollment and early college options, CCV Rutland’s secondary education programming can save students thousands of dollars on a college education and ensure that they’ll find success in the college environment. Whether you’re wanting to take the next step in your career, get a jump on a four-year degree, or just take that class you’ve always wanted to take, CCV Rutland has an option for you. CCV -your life, your college, your way.

Selecting a facility for an elderly relative who can no longer take care of himself or herself independently is often a difficult decision. There are many considerations: It has to be a reliable place that is comfortable, safe and offers quality care. A caring and compassionate staff must treat your loved one with respect and dignity. If you think a place like that exists only in dreams, then you should explore Misty Reverend Francetta Tice, owner. Heather Morn. Located on Blissville Road in explains. Hydeville, Misty Heather Morn provides “We do provide a gamut of assistance the elderly with a place to come for care to elderly residents who require nursing and shelter when the option of living home level care,” she said. The home alone is no longer available. uses alternative health modalities, such Opened in 1985, the Colonial-style as foot and hand massage and aromahouse gives residents a feeling often therapy. lacking in other facilities. All of the Tice said those who are interested in rooms have been tastefully decorated to Misty Heather Morn are invited to take a make residents feel at home. tour of the facility, and she interviews Misty Heather Morn has the capacity potential residents to see if the facility for 16 residents. They have a staff of 16 can meet their needs. The evaluation is employees. It’s a low ratio because many also used to determine whether the residents can care for themselves in a potential resident will fit in nicely with level 3/ERC (enhanced residential care) the residents already at the facility, so facility. Misty Heather Morn has been that everyone is comfortable and happy able to obtain waivers from the State of there. Vermont for those residents who require To find out more about the facility, or Level 2 nursing home-type care because to schedule a tour, or to just stop by and of their high level of service and care. spend time with the residents, give Misty Owner, Rev. Fran Tice also an RN Heather Morn a call at 802-265-3300.

Gilmore Home Center Collaborations Design Center Quality building materials introducing TREX® Enjoying the warm days of summer? Need help planning your next project to prepare for winter? No matter what the season, we’ve got a wide selection of quality building materials to help you create a long-lasting result for your home improvement project. From the smallest porch to the most elaborate deck, patio or outdoor kitchen, Gilmore Home Center has all of the resources to make your outdoor living space special. We are excited to introduce and offer the durable and sus- Let Gilmore Home Center help you plan your projtainable product, Trex®, the ect. performance composite boards withstand world’s #1 decking brand and the inventor of wood-alternative composite years of sun, sleet and snow, keeping their rich color through it all. So when compardecking. From the beginning, Trex been com- ing composite decking vs. wood, there’s no mitted to helping you create a low-mainte- competition. Whereas Trex is low-maintenance, nance, high-performance backyard retreat that can handle the outdoors without wood decks can rot, split, swell, twist and depleting them, and will do so for decades. fade; require annual painting, staining or Because your weekends should be spent sealing, splinter easily, and contribute to deforestation. relaxing on your deck, not repairing it. No matter what the season, Gilmore Trex is an eco-friendly composite deck made from an innovative blend of 95% Home Center is the the “go-to” source in recycled wood and plastic film—that’s the eastern New York/Lakes Region of almost the whole thing. And they’ve been western Vermont for home improvement this way for more than 20 years, well projects – from new construction, makebefore “green” was a buzzword. Because over kitchens and lake property enhancein the end, all of us want to look out on our ments. And remember, Collaborations Design decks and know that we’ve done our part. Designed with lasting beauty, incredi- Center at Gilmore Home Center, is the ble durability and easy maintenance, place to create the indoor living space of there’s no compromising with high-per- your dreams. You’ll find a Marvin Windows & Doors showroom, counter and formance composite decking. Why Trek and not wood? Everyone cabinet samples, faucets, flooring, closet loves the natural look of wood but hates organizing solutions, and so much more. all the painting, staining and sealing. Whether your project is large or small, the Wood decks of all types, including pres- Home Team at Gilmore’s can help you get sure-treated wood, ipe, cedar or redwood, in, get answers, and get busy. Like us on require extensive upkeep. Trex was Facebook at, designed with the beauty of wood deck- visit us on, and our website ing, but not all the maintenance. The high- at

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How well do you know the Lakes Region? Take our “Our Town” quiz and find out! PS: You could win a $100 gift certificate! 1. If you’re looking for yarn in the Lakes Region this should be your first stop. _______________________________________________________________________________ 2. Enjoy a good read and the pleasure of greeting Fiona and Homer. _______________________________________________________________________________ 3. Have a drainage problem, then he is the first person to call. _______________________________________________________________________________ 4. The Lakes Region’s newest lakeside dining option is here? _______________________________________________________________________________ 5. Lease this 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited for how much per month? _______________________________________________________________________________ 6. Richard and Debbie began which business in 2000? _______________________________________________________________________________ 7. Who left Cincinnati and today is living the dream in West Pawlet? _______________________________________________________________________________ 8. Scott can teach you to drive the ball a long, long way where? _______________________________________________________________________________ 9. This business can help you turn your housing dreams into a reality. _______________________________________________________________________________ 10. Step back into the days of the Second French empire where? _______________________________________________________________________________ Just answer the ten questions and mail to the Lakes Region FreePress, 14 E. Main St., Granville, NY 12832. Deadline is Monday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. The answer to each question is inside this edition. We will draw two lucky winners from the pile of correct entries. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card at the business of their choice inside this edition. Good luck! Winner names along with correct answers will be published in the FreePress the week of Aug. 21. Must be over 18 to enter. One entry per household. Must be written on this page to be eligible. Winner must agree to have picture taken to be published in the newspaper.

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Special Effects

TAPS Tavern

Keeping cilents happy since 1996

Great local food and music

If you need a refreshing new look or want to keep up with the latest styles, call Mary, Kathy or Tammy at Special Effects. The salon offers experience and all the latest styles for women, men and children and also can do a special up-do for proms, weddings or any special occasion. Perms, color, conditioning treatments and waxing are also offered. Special Effects carries quality products like Agadir Argan Oil and Paul Mitchell. Owner Mary Diefendorf Kathy, Mary and Tammy. welcomes all to make an appointment or just pop in The salon is located on Main Street for a cup of Green Mountain Coffee on in Castleton and can be reached at 802the house. 468-5541.

A Vermont native, Serena Gallagher started working in the service industry at age 16. Even after graduating from Castleton State College with a bachelor’s degree in art, she continued to have dreams of owning her own wine bar. When a pub in Poultney came up for sale, she jumped at the chance. “My goal was to create a place for the community to enjoy and feel comfortable going to for great local food and great music at a price everyone can afford,” she says. “It’s rewarding to know that people are enjoying this place I have created.” Serena says that the best part Serena Gallagher, owner. of her job is meeting all the peodamaged mugs) and while enjoying ple who walk through the door of your new mug, come in for great music Taps Tavern. “I feel honored to have crossed the from all eras – Tuesdays are Bluegrass Night, Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. paths of so many,” she comments. TAPS Tavern is a warm, rustic and it’s Jazz time, Open Mic & Wino comfortable bar and restaurant which Wednesday. All wine by the glass is $5 features 14-plus beers and ciders. Ask every other Wednesday. Thursday us about our Mug Club – when you night is Wing Night. 50-cent wings, join, you receive a complimentary fill choose your flavor. Hours of Operation are Mondayupon purchase and your birthday. You also get 10 percent off food at any time. Friday: 4-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: The biggest benefit of all: extra ounces 12-10 p.m. We’re closed on Easter, July for no extra charge, saving you money. 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Plus you get a fancy mug. How do you and Christmas Day. So come on in and meet Serena and sign up? To join the club you pay $25 per year. We have awesome hand-craft- her staff located at 158 Main Street, ed Caren Helm Pizzazz Pottery mugs Poultney or call for future events and available to purchase for $25 (yours to entertainment at 802-287-4064. You can own). Or you can bring your own. (Taps also find us at or is not responsible for lost, stolen, or like us Facebook.

Brown's Auto Salvage VT Best quality used auto parts Mark and Joan Brown have made a living out of recycling. In fact, the couple and its customer-oriented staff has been recycling “America’s most recyclable product, the automobile” since 1976. “We have 29 of the most dedicated people on this planet. They want every customer to have a good experience,” said the couple, which owns and operates Brown’s Auto Salvage on 170 Depot Terrace in Bomoseen. In 2015, the company celebrates 39 years in business. “We had a desire to live in Vermont,” they explained, “and be involved in a green business. We’ve been recycling since before Mark and Joan Brown, owners. recycling was popular. The trading partners with other salvage Lakes Region is a wonderful place to live and a central location for yards. In order to take part in the PRP an environmentally friendly business in program, each yard must follow strict standards, ensuring that each customer the Northeast.” The company salvages late-model gets only the best-quality used auto part. The Brown’s cite their excellent cusautomobiles and then dismantles and tomer service as a reason for their sucprepares them for sale. “Our main products or services are cess. “We offer cost-saving benefits for used and aftermarket auto parts that are delivered daily throughout Vermont, every automobile owner and a no-quesNew Hampshire and New York, and tions return policy. We’re dedicated to shipped nationwide into Canada,” 100 percent customer satisfaction. Our Brown explained. Dealerships, repair customer service is five stars.” Brown’s Auto Salvage is open Monday and auto body facilities make up the through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. majority of their business. Brown’s Auto Salvage VT became a They can be reached at 802-265-4548. “At every level, our employees are proud member of PRP-Premium Recycled Parts of the Northeast since fully engaged in providing value and 2012. This membership gives them daily service,” they said.

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Fair Haven/ Poultney Auto Supply

Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply Poultney location.

Serving customers in two locations When you order from an 800 number or order from a website, do you really know who you are talking to or dealing with? At Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply you do. Don’t order from a website or 800 number and wait days. Jimmer Eagan and Al Macomber can have most parts in a day or two and, in most cases, with no shipping charges unless special ordered. Customer service isn’t just a catch phrase at Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply, it’s a 45-plus-year tradition. A tradition that Sam and Jeanette Macomber started with the quality goal of providing quality auto parts and excellent customer service and one that Eagan of the Fair Haven Store and Macomber of the Poultney Store, have continued to carry on. Employing that approach has helped the business maintain a loyal customer base for more than four decades. “We’ve kept the same customers because we knock ourselves out for them,” Egan said.“My guys will go the

extra mile for them, and if someone else can do a job better than we can, we are not afraid to refer our customers to somebody else. I do not think that many other places do that.” Egan further points out that the two stores not only meet customers’ automotive needs, but also have parts for everything from lawn tractors to trucks, even carrying marine batteries. “We can fix just about anything with an engine,” Egan claims. He said that Fair Haven/Poultney also always chooses the top-end parts and carries a complete supply of tools for customers to use when they tackle that next automotive project. The stores are located on the Main Street of their respective towns and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The stores are closed on Sundays. For further information, call Fair Haven at 802-265-3012, and ask for Jim, or ask for Al in Poultney at 802-287-9211.

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Inns of The Lakes Region


Edgewater Resort

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Marble Mansion Inn 12 West Park Place Fair Haven, VT 05743 802-265-4556 Innkeepers:Greg & Sharon Parke

Panorama Motel 30 22A


1 Fourth Street Fair Haven, VT 05743 802-265-8882 Innkeepers: Werner & Gisela Baumann

75-77 Main Street, Granville, NY 12832 518-642-1276 or 518-955-0711 Innkeepers: Mickey and Wayne Shaw

Green Mtn. College Main St. Bentley Ave.

Birdhouse Inn B&B


Toad Hall B&B


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1108 South Main Street/Rte 22A Fair Haven, VT 05743 802-278-8286 Innkeepers: Paul & Roy Allen-Webber


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Station House B&B

Twin Mountains Farm B&B

30 Toad Hall B&B

Haven Guest House B&B

Station House B&B

Maplewood Inn B&B


2551 Rte 30N Bomoseen, VT 05732 866-468-5170 or 802-468-5170 Innkeepers: The Rogers & Porimski Families


Edgewater Resort

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1430 East Main Street East Poultney, VT 05741 802-287-2405

2227 Rt. 22A, Hampton, NY 12837 518-282-9648 Innkeepers: Peter & Roxann Flynn

Middletown Springs, VT 05757 802-235-3700 Innkeepers: Walt & Annie Pepperman

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