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Maplewood Ice

The Birdhouse Inn

Ice is their specialty

More than two centuries of history

Since 1972, Maplewood Ice has been the “coolest” business in town. In 2012 Maplewood Ice celebrates 40 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 5-pound and 10-pound blocks, as well as the Owner David Wood 20-pound party bag. They even offer private label packaging. to their Queensbury facility in 2008-2009. “We package 20-pound bags there, and Founded in 1972, Maplewood Ice confive-pound bags are packaged and stored tinues to operate successfully under the there,” he said. New for the Whitehall ownership of David Wood. Strategically location in February 2011 was the addilocated in the towns of Whitehall and tion of a new Keith walk-in floor ice bin, Queensbury, operations are centrally an automatic form and fill machine maklocated to their vast distribution neting 2,300 bags per hour. In 2012, Wood work. As one of fewer than 10 ice compapurchased a machine by Clinebell nies in the entire state of New York, Equipment that makes ice for ice sculpMaplewood Ice does business with many turing and carving. local companies, Wood said. As one Maplewood Ice enjoys giving back to would guess, it keeps them busy, with a the community, and they provide donastate-of-the art filtration system and the tions to charity organizations, the Boy equipment to keep up with the demand. Scouts and Girl Scouts, and local fire In fact, the company’s automated prodepartments, Wood said. duction line can package 3,900 bags of Because this is a seasonal business ice per hour. That’s a lot of cool! Their that is extremely busy in summer, Wood product has the Pride of New York Seal! said he enjoys (what else?) ice fishing as Maplewood Ice employs 40 full-time peowell as NASCAR in the off season. ple, and has an additional 20 part-time For more information about staff members who all work to make Maplewood Ice, call them at 518-499-2345 sure your icy needs are met. Wood said more packaging was moved or 800-635-2515.

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 home-baked treats. Make your way to the dining room, where you’ll be treated to meals using as many “buy local” products as possible. There you will also see beautiful organically fed laying hens that provide the “best eggs Innkeeper Karen Festa for your full gourmet breakfast.” Trail and Long Trail easily accessible. The Birdhouse Inn B&B is a certified Winter brings skiing –cross-country and “Vermont Environmental Partner/ downhill -- snowshoeing and snowmobilGreen Hotel” and a National Wildlife ing, or stay by the fireplace, read a good Federation “Certified Wildlife Habitat.” book from the Inn’s library or relax with Later, you can explore local attractions a mug of something hot and delicious. in the Lakes Region. Only steps away are The Inn is committed to “green pracEast Poultney’s three museums – The tices” when it comes to cleaning prodAcademy, Melodeon Factory and ucts. For your health we use non-toxic Victorian School House. natural soaps and cleaners. You as guests Lakes St. Catherine, Bomoseen and will experience a safe and clean environHortonia offer boating, swimming and ment. We now have free Wi-Fi. Visit us other activities. If you are a hiker, you on our website at or will find entrances for the Appalachian call us at 802-287-2405.

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Williams True Value Hardware

Fat Tom's Auto Repair

67 years and still going strong

Pride in excellent work

Celebrating 67 years as a business, Williams True Value Hardware and Lumber is “still going strong,” Owner Bob Williams reflects. Williams has operated the business for 33 years. His father, Norman Williams, founded the store in 1946, operating it for 34 years. With a business this venerable, employees have come to be known by customers on a first-name basis. Williams said that “Joel still handles the paint department,” the busiest department in the store. A paint computer matches colors to projects, but the challenge is keeping “well-stocked with new paint and primer,” Williams adds. “Long-time employee, Dave,” Williams said, “continues to do the purchasing for the lumber department and will use his expertise as a past plant nursery owner for purchases for our lawn and garden department. Seth uses his new college computer degree to fine tune all our computer needs, which helps all departments run smoothly,” Williams said. The computer expert also purchases electrical items, as well as items for the pet and outdoor living departments. His display of Adirondack chairs provides a colorful picture in front of the store. Williams reports that Donna is a “part-time employee in charge of all feature end and window displays.” This is a most challenging job, trying to find room for new merchandise and large quantities of sale items. “Alan-Glen has recently been promoted to a full-time worker and will be in charge of our rental department, as well as purchasing for the hand and power tool, as well as our automotive department.” Williams continued to describe the

Owner Bob Williams and Seth Carpenter duties of his other part-time employees: “Part-timer Zoe can often be found at the cash register, providing a friendly smile and great customer service to all of our visitors. Anthony, another part-timer, “is really good at seeing jobs get done that need to be done without being told to do them.” He also stocks shelves, cuts keys and assembles wheel barrows and gas grills. Williams adds that “Henry and Justin” also “stock shelves” and help customers on Sunday. Each assembles merchandise and “both handle cash register jobs with ease.” “Our most famous employee, Twig,” Williams said, “can be found at the cash register many days during the lunch hours. He always has a joke for everyone and usually a story about the Red Sox or Celtics.” One unspoken reason for dropping by Williams True Value Hardware is to ask Bob to tell you the last names of Joel, Alan-Glen, Dave, Seth, Donna, Zoe , Anthony, Henry and Justin, and, of course, Twig. Another reason is, “Here for 67 and looking for 67 more.”

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In November 2011, Fat Tom’s Auto Repair moved to its new location, 556 Route 4A East, Fair Haven, Vt. Other than that not much has changed. They are still a fullservice 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 Owner and head automobile air conditioning units and deals in Flowmaster brand mufflers and exhaust parts. Inspections for cars, trucks and motorcycles are also available at Fat Tom’s. “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,” explained Tom Wiese. Wiese is the owner of Fat Tom’s Auto Repair Inc. Wiese takes a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction in his work. He’s at home with a wrench in one hand and an exhaust bracket in the other. “I’ve always worked on cars. Nothing sounds better than a car or truck with a welltuned exhaust,” Wiese said. Wiese opened Fat Tom’s Auto Repair in November of 2005. Although there are many garages and auto repair facilities in the area, most

mechanic Tom Wiese can’t match the skill, expertise and sophisticated equipment of Fat Tom’s. Wiese also offers his clientele outstanding customer service. “People are always surprised by the friendly atmosphere and our speed and ability to get the job done right the first time,” said Wiese. “We’re a small local company. The money goes right back into local economy. We eat here and we live here. We’re trying to do the best with what we have during these tough times,” Wiese added. So whether you need new brakes, a tune-up, your oil changed, new tires or any other vehicle repair, Fat Tom’s welcomes you to stop by and check out their new location. Fat Tom’s Auto Repair is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To contact them, call (802) 468-5877.


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Brown's Auto Salvage Quality parts and dedicated service Before recycling was in vogue, Mark and Joan Brown recycled. In fact, the couple has made a livelihood out of recycling “America’s most recyclable product, the automobile,” explained Mark Brown. The couple owns and operates Brown’s Auto Salvage on 170 Depot Terrace in Bomoseen. The Browns founded their salvage company in 1976. “We had a desire to live in Vermont,” they explained, “and be involved in a green business. We’ve been recycling since before recycling was popular. The Lakes Region is a wonderful place to live and a central location for an environmentally friendly business in the Northeast.” The company salvages late model automobiles and then dismantles and prepares them for sale. “Our main products or services are used and aftermarket auto parts that are delivered daily throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, and shipped nationwide into Canada,” Brown explained. Dealerships, repair and auto body facilities make up the majority of their business In June 2011, the Browns purchased another salvage yard in Winchendon, Mass., calling it Brown’s Auto SalvageMA, just south of Keene, N.H. With a truck running daily between their two yards, it has allowed a large supply of used auto parts to come in and out of the Boston area to better serve our customers. In the fall of 2012 Brown’s Auto Salvage VT became a proud member of PRP-Premium Recycled Parts of the Northeast. This new membership gives

Twin Mountains Farm Bed & Breakfast A true country inn

Owners Joan and Mark Brown them daily trading partners with 16 other salvage yards. In order to take part in the PRP program, each yard must follow strict standards, ensuring that each customer gets only the best quality used auto part. The Brown’s cite their excellent customer service as a reason for their success. “We offer cost saving benefits for every automobile owner and a no questions return policy. We’re dedicated to 100 percent customer satisfaction. Our customer service is five stars.” That customer service starts with a dedicated staff of employees. “We have 24 of the most dedicated people on this planet. They want every customer to have a good experience,” explained Brown. Brown’s Auto Salvage is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at 802-265-4548. “At every level, our employees are fully engaged in providing value and service,” they said.

Twin Mountains Farm B&B in Middletown Springs is located on an 1830s farm with 150 acres, including the ridgelines of two mountains, and a flowing brook. In this informal atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, enjoy gourmet breakfasts, including such “house favorites” as strawberries stuffed with shaved chocolate and topped with homemade whipped cream; smoked salmon with cream cheese and home-grown chives; bananas foster Innkeepers Annie and Walt Pepperman French toast, and The Inn is continuing to upgrade the Very Berry French toast; as well as the outstanding natural beauty and abun- Deer, Moose and Bear bedrooms, each dant wildlife. Breakfast is served in the with private bath. The Inn’s living room Great Room by a roaring fire in the win- is exclusively for guest use and has a ter and on the screened porch in the large flat-screen satellite TV, as well as a summer, with views of flowers, fields gas fireplace. And you can get a massage by appointment. and trees. Alaskan Malamutes, Mayla and Walter and Annie Pepperman, the Silver, and Appaloosa, Buckskin, and innkeepers, describe their place as “a true country inn in a beautiful country Blue Roane horses also wait to greet you! We are located at 549 Coy Hill Road, setting.” There are opportunities for PO Box 1234 in Middletown Springs. Or hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoecall us anytime at 802-235-3700. Visit us at ing, birding, and exploring for signs of our forest animal friends.



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Pine Grove Motel

Durfee Funeral Home and Cremation Service

Cozy, comfortable, connected The Pine Grove Motel is a cozy, comfortable, six-unit complex located in the charming village of Granville, N.Y. Purchased by Mary Lou Tressler in March 2012, the Pine Grove is within walking distance to many restaurants, groceries, convenience stores, ice-cream parlors etc. --- a welcome relief to many travelers. There is also a diner in front for breakfast and lunch, as well a hair stylist/ beauty parlor on premises for those special occasions. All rooms are clean, quiet and include Wi-Fi Internet, flat screen TVs with cable service, central a/c, microwave and Owner Mary Lou Tressler mini-fridge. We also use chickens, cats and dogs. eco-friendly cleaning Mary Lou is an active member of products. The Pine Grove is in close proximity to Green Mountain and Foundation Church located on Main Castleton colleges, Saratoga, Lake Street in Poultney, VT and the Granville George, Manchester, Vt., and six major and Poultney Chambers of Commerce. The Pine Grove Motel is open 7 days a ski areas within an hour drive. Mrs. Tressler is not a newcomer to week, year round. Please contact us at business ownership. She owned and 518.642.4627 or by e-mail, ml4184@yahoo. operated a successful printing business com for rates and availability. (Reserve on the east end of Long Island where she early, the rooms fill up FAST!) “Granville has been good to my famigrew up on a large working farm. When not working at the motel, she is ly and I am looking forward to giving at her farm, Heritage Manor, in Hebron back a successful business to my comwith her husband, real estate broker Bob munity.” Tressler, and several horses, alpaca,

Compassion and professionalism 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 principal 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 pre-arranging their funerals. The process is simple and the benefits to loved ones left to handle the arrangements are well recognized. The benefits are numerous: Pre-planning allows you to express your own wishes. There is a guaranteed funeral price. There’s no income tax liability. Your funeral plan is transferable in case you move away. It relieves your family of the financial burden. By relieving your family of burdensome decisions at a difficult time, you are showing your love and respect for their needs, too. “There are several affordable payment options available. Submit our PrePlanning Form, which you can find on our website, and we will

Owner Christopher Book call to discuss the payment options offered with absolutely no obligation on your part,” Durfee said. Durfee Funeral Home welcomes the opportunity to set up an appointment to further discuss your Pre-Arrangement options. Please contact Christopher Book at 802-265-8085 or email at Durfee Funeral Home and Cremation Service is located on 119 North Main Street in Fair Haven.

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Green Mountain College

Poultney House of Pizza

First annual Vermont Summer Academy While summer is a time for students to take a break from the academic rigors of the school year, it also offers them a window of time to explore their passions with dedicated teachers and motivated student colleagues. To meet this need, Green Mountain College is launching the Vermont Summer Academy (VSA), a co-ed academic program for rising eighth through 12th-grade students with weekly sessions in July and early August. One-week courses are offered in Adventure Education; Creative Arts (painting, drawing and sculpture); Culinary Arts; Fiction Writing and Poetry; Environmental Studies; Forensic Science; Journalism and College Prep Writing and Veterinary Science. While each session lasts one week, students will have the option to take multiple sessions and spend the weekend on campus. The Vermont Summer Academy also offers opportunities for young people to live and study in a real collegiate atmosphere. Students stay in the residence halls with instructors and residence life staff who provide 24-hour supervision. Intensive classes during the day are balanced by the fun of both indoor and outdoor activities that use the College’s facilities, including playing fields, gymnasium and swimming pool. Teambuilding activities are designed to build community, strengthen friendships and foster the personal growth of each participant. Each session includes a college roundtable, in which admissions staff from Green Mountain College answer students’ questions and offer tips about

(l-r) Sarah Rice, Nick Nanopoulos, Brandy Morey, Kyle Dunbar. Missing Kosta Nanopoulos Students on the green at the college the process of applying for college. Also, Vermont Summer Academy staff relates its experiences as students and as faculty members to illuminate the exciting future that awaits someone when they enter the world of higher education. “We deliberately picked subjects that are areas of strength in our curriculum,” said College president Paul Fonteyn. “Our faculty has developed cutting edge programs that prepare graduates to be thoughtful and productive professionals as they enter promising career fields. We have tremendous resources and knowledge to share with high school students who are just beginning to seriously examine their career choices. If you know a motivated high school student looking for an exciting, in depth, hands-on experience, encourage them to visit<> or call (866) 928-2897.

Much more than just pizza 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 hand-picked, 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 dinners. “From the grill, we offer steak and cheese sandwiches and hamburgers. We also offer gyros, salads, and of course, our famous gourmet pizzas,” explained Nanopoulos. “It’s the same recipe I’ve been using since I got in the business.” Nanopoulos has been in the business for a long time. “I’ve been doing this for 33 years. I owned a restaurant out in Tucson, Ariz., but moved back here because most of

my family is from the area,” he said. In fact, some of his family assists him at the restaurant including his daughter Lia, his son Kosta and trusted employee, Brandy. Poultney House of Pizza has been serving the community of Poultney since the 1970s, the best anyone can recall. The shop has had several owners over the years, Nanopoulos being the most recent. “I took it over in 2007,” he explained. “One of my friends owned it before I did, and I had the opportunity to take over for him.” Patrons can eat in or take out. The eatery is open Tuesday through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday’s from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 9 p.m. They are closed on Mondays. They can be reached at 802-287-9439. “It’s good quality recipes and good quality food,” said Nanopoulos.

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Got It Covered Canvas

Quality Refrigeration Service Commercial and residential service

Owner Bill Pearo and Luke Pittrich

Quality upholstery service Whether it’s a boat or car that needs new replacement upholstery or canvas, Got It Covered Canvas in Whitehall can handle any job you might have. The shop offers canvas replacement of all types and design, including new construction. “There’s no need to travel far,” says owner Bill Pearo. But he adds that he has had customers from as far away as Texas and Arizona use his services. In addition to Bill, the shop also employs Luke Pittrich. With more than 30 years experience, customers can be assured of getting a quality job. Got It Covered Canvas currently has three locations: in Whitehall, Ticonderoga, and Vergennes, Vt.

In addition to regular customers, Bill notes that he also serves the local community by helping out emergency services with repairs, providing complementary upholstery to police cruisers, rescue boats, and fire trucks. Currently, the business services 14 marinas, and will soon open a ship’s store in Whitehall that will sell life vests, water skis, wake boards, anchors, dock lines and fenders. In his spare time, Bill says he enjoys outdoor activities like biking, boating, and camping. Got It Covered Canvas can be found at 196 Broadway in Whitehall. For more information, call the shop at 518-4995301.

Chris Hurley started his own refrigeration service business in May of this year. Hurley is dedicated to providing quality service and repair to commercial businesses, as well as residential homes. Providing customers highly qualified service or completing each job right the first time and on schedule --- whatever refrigeration problem may arise, Chris is fully qualified to getting the job done, using the highest industry standards, and protecting the environment, both in Vermont and New York. Chris can service all phases of refrigeration work, from new installations to preventative maintenance in order to prevent those big breakdowns during busy times. Refrigeration service is what Chris does. With over 20 year’s experi- Owner Chris Hurley ence, he is dedicated to making sure that you are mercial and residential, automotive AC. 100 percent satisfied with the best possiQuality used equipment is also offered ble service. for sale, including reach-in coolers, deli Hurley specializes in servicing walk- prep tables, display cases, walk-in freezin coolers/freezers, ice machines, milk er/coolers, and ice machines from 50 lbs bulk tanks, pool pumps, beer, dairy & to 600 lbs. soda coolers, meat & deli cases, open Call Chris at 802-353-6186 cell, 802-671display cases, soft serve machines, 4347 office or email at qualityrefrigerarefrigerated trucks, AC units both com-

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Kinney Pike Insurance

Bentley House B&B, LLC

Supporting the local community

Enjoy a gracious and friendly stay

Kinney Pike Insurance has been protecting families and businesses in the Northeast since 1904. With seven offices throughout Vermont, Kinney Pike connects individuals and businesses with practical, affordable and well-planned insurance products. It supports the local community and provides clients with the most value for their investment, with an experienced, personal touch. With many carriers to choose from, Kinney Pike is well positioned to look for asset protection for clients and their business. Renee Howard, who manages the Poultney branch, works with clients to determine the coverage needed at an affordable price. Kinney Pike also provides group Standing Renèe Howard and Karen Heibler. insurance and employee Sitting Diane Roberts and Eileen Gosselin benefit programs to proand recreational vehicles are fully tect one’s employees. A Kinney Pike spokesperson said, covered.” Call, email or stop in at Kinney “Now is a great time to be sure personal assets have sufficient protec- Pike Insurance at 199 Main Street in tion. Protect your valuables from Poultney. The friendly service staff loss or vandalism. Our employees can provide a no-obligation quote or will shop to find the best coverage at review of your policy. To reach the the best price for your home, auto or Poultney office, call 802-287-9881 or other assets. Make certain your rent- toll-free at 800-745-8601, or email al properties, second homes, ATVs Renee at

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. We have seen many changes over the past eight years and have watched Poultney develop into a vibrant and successful Village. With all of its activities, Green Mountain College continues to be a major influence in the community and has contributed to the growth of our Village. Between the farm, sustainable activities and renovations of the campus itself, it has helped Poultney attract interested businesses and opportunities to the area. Our greatest ambition is to make visitors welcome not only to our Bed & Breakfast but Innkeepers Pamela and Rich Mikkelsen also to the community as well. Poultney is a friendly and quaint village with lakes and ness meeting. historical buildings and hiking trails in the Pam offers a sumptuous breakfast to her area. We have a lot to offer with tourism. By guests, using as much local foods as possitreating our guests with friendliness and ble, and High Teas to the public by reservaconcern for their needs, we hope that they tion. The tea is an elegant way to treat will not only come back to our Inn, but to yourself, friends, family or business associPoultney as well. Their recommendations ates to a fun afternoon. Rich enjoys boating are worth “their weight in gold” as far as and taking people on tours of Lake free advertising is concerned. The local area Bomoseen. He has learned a lot about the has taught us a lot about Vermont history, Lake’s history and is a great story teller. An foods, the farming industry and its people. advanced reservation is needed for this tour. Sharing this with our visitors makes them Call 802-287-4004 and ask for the Boat eager to come back. Captain, Rich. We are looking to expand our business We are looking forward to many more influence in town by making our Inn avail- prosperous and happy years in Poultney. able for small private business and organiza- Visit us at for tional meetings. We have already started more information about our Inn and the this with the local companies and hope that area. more companies will want a small, elegant Please follow us on facebook at www. and private area for their luncheon or busi-

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Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

York Coach Works

Owners Bob & Rich Munch and their staff Granville Chamber of Commerce directors

Promoting business and tourism The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce consists of local businesses and individuals committed to promoting business and tourism in the greater Granville area. The Granville Chamber is known for its ongoing community support and annual events, such as the Town Wide Yard Sale in May and the Autumn Leaves Car Show in September. The Chamber often hosts social mixers giving area businesses a chance to mix and mingle in a fun environment. Membership in the Chamber is very affordable. 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 is provided a free direct link to each member’s business website. There are many other membership options available so be sure to ask your Chamber representative for details. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. in the Chamber building on Main Street. The meetings are open to all members and the general public. Please join us, share your ideas, and let us know what the Chamber can do for you. You can contact the Granville Chamber at (518) 642-2815 or visit

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35 years of customer satisfaction Do you remember 1978? It was the first year of York Coach Works…Mood rings and Atari were all the rage… Gasoline was just 63 cents a gallon…Boy, have some things changed. Thirty years at the old shop and now working in the new facility for over five years. York performs collision repairs on all makes and models, and everything from the largest RV to the smallest of motorcycle parts. But, some things still haven’t changed. York Coach Works is still committed to the same quality service with a lifetime warranty and the ability to negotiate in the customer’s best interest with his or her insurance company. York features a Dupont refinishing system, a new computerized Car-o-liner

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We have seen record amounts of rain this spring and summer, which means washed out town and state roads, personal driveways, flooded lawns and many other flood water dilemmas. As a reminder, Black Pond Supply reminds you to never drive through a flooded road. Since Mother Nature can’t make up her mind or solve your drainage problems, better call Robert Gibbs. He can help solve your residential, municipal Owner Robert Gibbs and commercial drainage Black Pond Supply offers a line of problems. Gibbs, owner of Black Pond Supply Ultra-pipe, with a watertight coupling Co. in Hubbardton, has been helping already built in for easier installation, area residents for more than 25 years, and a line of bio-diffusers, which proproviding them with septic system sup- vide better septic drainage using a nonplies, plumbing lines and culverts of all traditional method, said Gibbs. With certypes and sizes. Small job or large, resi- tain soil compositions, this method can dential, commercial or municipal proj- be more efficient. It actually creates a cavity for the water to lie in, Gibbs said. ect, it doesn’t matter. Throughout his 25+ years in business, When asked how he got started in the plastic culvert business, Gibbs replied, Gibbs has seen a number of people use “I was in the right place at the right his products in several unconventional, time. I had a family member in a related creative ways. For instance, he has seen business that brought to my attention children use some of his larger pipes to create a water slide over the past few plastic culverts.” At the time, using plastic culverts for years. To provide the best possible service drainage was not commonplace in Vermont, but after some research Gibbs for his customers, Gibbs is continually adding new items to his product line, decided to give them a try. Gibbs said the most rewarding aspect including mulch hay. He offers free estiof his job is meeting people, and know- mates, and will gladly discuss any drainage problems. Call him at (802) 273-2841 ing he has a good product to sell them. He not only promises convenience for more information. and service but the best prices possible.

Since 1940, Mars Insurance Agency has offered insurance for most “any of your insurance needs. We represent upwards of a dozen various insurance companies,” owner Jeffrey Ams states. “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.” Ams adds, “I get a kick out of all the television insurance ads you see. The fact is that we can compete with most anything you see on TV. We can offer the same discounts the ads talk about. I’ve seen a real interest in people wanting to shop locally rather than dealing with someone you don’t know, sitting who knows where.” Ams, along with Renee Schoonmaker and Jordan White, staff the office. Each is there for both the sales and service of client’s policies. Old and new customers are encouraged to stop in or call when they need insurance quoted or serviced. “This is a service business,” White stressed. “We like to have the contact from our clients, discuss what they are up to, and offer suggestions to meet their insurance needs.” Renee Schoonmaker is the most recent to join the team at Mars. She has worked quickly to get her license and develop her insurance knowledge, Ams indicated. “She is beginning now to start some outside insurance courses to work towards obtaining her CISR designation,” he explained. Continuing, Ams said “We have been very busy, to the point I have to look at adding to our team.” This year has proven to be busy for Mars in both quoting and writing commercial insurance. “We

(l-r) Jeff Ams, Renee Schoonmaker and Jordan White are also seeing a much tougher underwriting attitude from our company underwriters in the property market, such as homeowners. Having a depth of carriers to work with has allowed us to help those clients that might have encountered an issue with a particular carrier,” Ams concluded. At Mars Insurance Agency, Ams, White and Schoonmaker would each welcome the chance to help anyone with personal, business, life or health insurance needs. Mars Insurance is located at 145 Main St, Wells, VT, 802-645-0775 or





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This year marks our fifteenth year in business – three years as a fledging business in Middletown Springs and 12 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. At Hermit Hill Tucker, Patty and Homer Books we buy and sell arrivals cart. used, out-of-print, and Hermit Hill Books is owned and mancollectible books. We also carry field aged by Patricia McWilliams. Her knowlguides (new and used), maps, greeting edgeable, furry, and friendly staff cards, prints, and some used cds. We includes Cody, our official greeter; have added a “new” book section that specializes in local authors and local Maisie, our newest staff member; interests. In addition, we are now able to Tucker, the wise corgi; and his younger order new books from Ingram, a book brother, Homer. Hermit Hill Books is a distributor, and have them in the store member of the Vermont Antiquarian within two days. We are your neighbor- Booksellers Association ( hood bookshop! Drop in and see our wide selection of The store specialties include history, books or just stop by to pet the cats and poetry, science, nature literature, modern first editions, music, and a large col- corgis. We are located at 95 Main Street, lection of Vermontiana, featuring sev- Poultney, or call 802-287-5757. You can eral books on Poultney. We have approxi- also visit us at our website, www. mately 30,000 books in stock, but we’re, or friend us on constantly buying so it is worthwhile to Facebook. We look forward to seeing you in the stop by frequently and check our new shop!

Working in a studio in an old 1920sera barn, Caren Helm makes cookware, dinnerware and serving pieces of great beauty expressing life’s joy. Creativity rules in Helm’s studio, where everyone is welcome to stop by and watch “just how a lump of soft clay becomes a permanent, functional piece of stoneware.” “Wear your mud boots. It’s a working studio, not a showroom,” Helm jokes. As well as Pizzazz Pottery, Helm teaches ceramics and other art courses at the Community College of Vermont in Rutland. Meanwhile, at her studio on the old Proctor Farm in Fair Haven, Helm makes several lines of pottery reflecting Vermont heritage. The Farmhouse Collection is influenced by rural Vermont farmhouse life in the 1930s to 1960s. In her “One of a Kind” collection, visitors will discover large-sculpted and chip carved vases, umbrella stands, book ends and lidded boxes, as well as custom-ordered unique pieces for home and garden décor. In addition to dinnerware and cookware, Caren’s stoneware pottery line also includes hard-to-find items, such as funeral cremation urns for both loved ones and pets. Helm recently added a wholesale division to the business and Helm-pottery can be found in Maine and Vermont stores, including Rockingham and Weston’s Vermont Country Stores, as well as the King Arthur Flour Store in Norwich, Vermont. Helm reports that novelties for this year include a bridal registry and wedding reception favors, as well as Bohemian wine cups designed after California’s Bohemian artisan move-

Owner/artist Caren Helm ment. A different colored squiggle on each cup’s side tells which one is whose and whether or not one should put it down. Matching Wine Bottle Chillers are also available, Helm added. Pizzazz Pottery is located at 647 Route 4A East in Fair Haven. Pottery can be purchased by chance at the Pizzazz Pottery Studio or by appointment. For information, call (802) 265-2145 or visit or email info@ Helm says she is proud that admirers will find her “unique potter’s mark on every item” she creates.


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Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze Fun for the entire family Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze is a third generation family farm in Rutland Town, Vt. They raise and finish beef cattle, produce maple syrup, have a Livestock Barn with lots of different farm animals, including miniature donkeys, Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep, pigs, chickens, bunnies and more. And they have the largest corn maze in Vermont, the owners maintain. During the Civil War, in July of 1863, 150 years ago, the battle of Gettysburg took place in Pennsylvania. This year Hathaway Farm has decided to honor and remember the sacrifice of all those who fought in the only war that took place on American soil by getting you lost--- on the battlefield. Byron Hathaway’s great grandfather, John Brown from Goshen, Vt., fought at Gettysburg. On display in the Farm Shop are some of his letters he sent home and some items he carried with him when he was a soldier. As always in the maze, there are bridges to maneuver, including an additional brand new 32’ LONG bridge, clues to help you along your way and punches to find. On the weekends, the snack bar is open and features burgers made from the family’s own Hathaway Farm beef. If you can find all the punches, sign up for the drawing at the end of the season to have a chance at winning something cool, the Hathaways said. Within the maze, there are early exits along the way so that most people aren’t lost forever. But should the twelve acre adventure seem more than you would

BJ Hathaway like to tackle, there is also a Mini Maze designed for a much shorter stroll that is a big hit with the little folk and their grandparents. Check out the play area with a sandbox, adult and child tetherballs, horseshoes, duck racing, corn toss, steer roping, and new for this year, a corn crib. Be sure to visit the livestock barn and meet all the animals that live there. Don’t forget to save time for a wagon ride and pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch beginning about mid-September. Be sure to bring your whole family to Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze, where you can explore the mazes, play some games, have a burger, visit the farm animals, take a wagon ride, pick a pumpkin and just enjoy the beautiful Vermont scenery. Hathaway Farm, or as the Hathaways put it: “You’re lost, you’re laughin’, you’re lovin’ it.”

Lake Champlain Coal Family owned for more than 75 years When the mercury plummets, the place to call is Lake Champlain Coal Company Inc. in Whitehall. A familyowned company, Lake Champlain has the products and services needed to ward off winter chills and keep the home warm. Owners for four generations, the Benjamin family has helmed Lake Champlain Coal for more than 75 years, when Otis C. Benjamin bought the coal Coal, propane business from a man named Holden. Today, under the watchful eye of Leslie Benjamin, the company serves the heating needs of the greater Whitehall community, and offers a range of products. According to Karen Benjamin, office manager, Lake Champlain carries fuel oil, K1 kerosene, propane, and “Yes, coal, in four different sizes.” Lake Champlain also offers repair services for furnaces and heating systems, even 24 hours a day in emergencies, Ms. Benjamin added. The company employs 12 staff members and operates a fleet of trucks that include three coal trucks, four oil trucks and two propane trucks, as well as four service trucks, Ms. Benjamin reported. “No doubt, over the past several winters, you’ve seen the familiar red and black trucks rolling through the Whitehall community on a delivery or heating mission,” she said, adding that the fact that Lake Champlain is a local company is indeed “one important reason for people to support Lake Champlain

and oil ready to warm your winter Coal rather than go outside of town..” “We’re a local family,” Ms. Benjamin continued. “We do service that a lot of bigger companies have stopped offering. And if your furnace breaks down in the middle of the night, we can be there, usually within a short period of time, whereas others have to come from out of town.” Lake Champlain Coal is also community-minded. The company sponsors a Little League Team each year, as well as supporting such other causes as the Slate Valley Museum in Granville and local snowmobile clubs. As it has for more than seven decades, Lake Champlain Coal “intends to maintain the same great commitment of providing honest, reliable service to our customers,” Ms. Benjamin said. Lake Champlain Coal is located at 2 North Main Street, Whitehall, on the west side of the canal lock at Lake Champlain’s base. Stop by to ask about services or call 499-1212.

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Simply Clean

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It started out six years ago as a part-time business, but for the past three years, Mary Helm’s Simply Clean has been “a full-time” business proposition. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve liked to clean and organize,” Helm explained, adding that she expanded Simply Clean into a fulltime business because “six years ago, I wasn’t happy with my chosen profession.” Since then, Simply Clean has tailored its work to suit customer needs, be it on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even on-call basis. “People often ask me,” Helm said, “if I do Owner Mary Helm windows, garages, etc. My answer is, yes, we are Lakes Region area that I call home. I’m a customer oriented business, providing really proud that I can go into a house the services they need, within reason.” and leave my clients happy and satisfied There are no restrictions on hours of that the job was well done. Attention to operation, she added. detail is also very important to me.” Helm says she “strives to use all Currently accepting new clients, chemical free products. I provide all of Helm stressed that as a cleaner, she is my own equipment supplies, but if cus- reliable and efficient. “I have a service tomers prefer me to use their supplies that is custom fit to each person’s needs. and equipment, that’s okay, too.” My process of cleaning is effective and Getting to know her clients well and efficient and my products are especially establishing a solid relationship is chosen to be effective and efficient.” important to Helm: “I grew up in Simply Clean can be reached at 802-287Castleton and have lived in different 1120. areas. Now I’ve come back to serve the

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Long Trail Electrical Contractors

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Dan Jones (l) and his staff

Service to the community Dan Jones of Long Trail Electrical Contractors, Inc. is a true local businessman. Jones is a 1986 graduate of Poultney High School. “I have been rooted in Rutland County my whole life. I have worked in the electrical field for 25 years,” he said. “From the beginning, I always knew I wanted to work for myself. I had always wanted to provide a service to my community and be involved in what was going on in my home town and surrounding towns.” The company was established in 1999 and has six full-time employees. The firm does commercial and residential electrical work, as well as fire alarms, security and communications. The firm has done projects ranging from $500,000 dorms to the $100 service call. “In my 25 years in the electrical business, I have worked for some of the most knowledgeable people in the business as far as I am concerned. I have passed this knowledge on to my employees and they have passed it down the line,” Jones said. “My employees are also rooted in Rutland County and have been with me pretty much from the start. They are

knowledgeable, professional and quality is their number one goal. We take pride in a job well done.” Jones added, “Long Trail is committed to the communities we serve in many ways.” Jones and his employees donate to many different organizations in Rutland County, such as local churches, schools, youth sports, cancer research organizations and blood drives. “Long Trail Electric is a close-knit business,” Jones said. “We are truly like family here. Most of my employees started out as friends or relatives and have worked for me at some point in the past or were friends of friends. We are family and any member of the family would do anything for any other member of the family. I take a lot of pride in that.” The company plans to open a new office/shop later this year or in 2013. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys playing golf. He enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Kim, a 1988 PHS grad, and daughters Ali, a 2012 PHS grad, and Hailey a senior at PHS. The company is located at 99 Grove St. in Poultney. Their telephone number is (802) 287-5887.

The look of a happy customer’s face is all the inspiration Emily Stockwell needed when she took over Everyday Flowers in Poultney, now in its second year of her ownership. “I like to make people smile when they get flowers,” she said. A Fair Haven native, Stockwell graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology and lives in Castleton. She said fans of the shop can expect the same outstanding customer service and products that have made Everyday Flowers so popular among residents of the Lakes Region for over a decade. 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 someone. The shop can also make centerpieces, boutonnières, bouquets, and wristlets for weddings. But flowers are only the tip of the iceberg. “I offer more to my customers than flowers and balloons,” Stockwell said. The shop also sells fruit baskets, silk flowers, house plants, stuffed animals and cards; essentially everything you need for a nice heartfelt gift. The shop prides itself on friendly and prompt service. The business has an extensive website where patrons can view and order its products from the comfort of their home. The shop provides delivery to customers in most of the Lakes Region which includes Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Middletown

Owner Emily Stockwell Springs, Hampton, Granville, Orwell, Poultney, and Wells. And because the shop is located in the heart of the Lakes Region, you can be assured that your arrangement arrives in a vase, and not a box, at the peak of its freshness. In the meantime, she’s happy simply making people smile. She’s most recently did the hanging baskets that decorate the Main Street in Poultney and is considering in the near future going into the landscaping business. Everyday Flowers is located at 200 Main St. in Poultney. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The shop can be reached at 802-287-4094. The shop’s website is

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Poultney Snow Devils

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We are in trouble. Please read The Poultney Snow Devils are a fixture in Poultney established in 1972 with membership of nearly 200. Winter 201011 we were voted “VT Snowmobile Club of the Year.” We take great pride in our trail system, which includes 80 miles of Class 1 groomed trails and are among the best in the state. Our trails are part of the statewide Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST). We are very involved and host community events, including our 40th Annual Pancake Breakfast, Snowmobile Torch Light Parade, Winter Carnival, and 4th of July and East Poultney Days food concessions. Our club is a member of the Poultney area Chamber of Commerce and contributes to a large number of community organizations, including Poultney Food Shelf, Poultney Volunteer Fire Department, Poultney HS Project Graduation, Poultney HS and Elementary Music Departments, Poultney Public Library, Young at Hearts Senior Center, and The Vermont Achievement Center of Rutland. The club does wonderful things for the community, but we need help. Last October we came very close to shutting down the club all together. When the club is gone the trails are gone. We would have to liquidate, which means sell all the groomers, drags and everything. That means no more snowmobiling on groomed trails in the Poultney Valley. That means the next time you’re stuck in the house in the Winter and look out the window and see snow and want to go snowmobiling, forget it. Yes, the last two winters cheated us out of snow, but this is Vermont and we do get snow. Equally as important, our involvement in community events, hosting of our own events, and our contributions to local causes would end. There would be no club participation in the 4th of July Parade, no club food concession after the parade, no club food concession during East Poultney Days, no annual pancake breakfast, no Torchlight Parade, no free Winter Carnival, no free annual club

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snowmobile safety course, no groomed trails, no maintained snowmobile bridges and culverts, etc. This would be a major loss to Poultney and we need help. Presently most of our active members are aging senior citizens. Certainly we thank them tremendously for their hard work and dedication over the past decades. We desperately need younger active members with innovative ideas and high energy to participate in decision making that will carry this club into the future. Recently, our treasurer made over 100 phone calls to muster up enough people to help with the 4th of July and East Poultney Days concessions. Over the years people have contributed by joining work crews for trail maintenance and bridge building, and we greatly appreciate their efforts. We need people to help with our events; more importantly, we need people to step up to key club positions of President, Treasurer, Trail Coordinator and Director --- all opening up this October. If we don’t see new active members showing up at our August and September monthly meetings to participate in running the club, we will be forced to shut down in October. Please don’t take the attitude of expecting someone else will help out. We need you. Helping us will take a small amount of your time. It would be sad to see this club dissolve after 41 years of operation. If you’re a member or not, the easiest way is to join us at our club meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at York Coach Works Route 30 N in Poultney. Each meeting starts with a potluck supper. The food is homemade and fantastic. Don’t worry if you can’t bring a dish. Please just join us. Check us out on the web at and on Facebook at pages/Poultney-SnowmobileClub/436665326391423 . Call Ernie Dematties at 287-9755 or Phil Nietupski at 235-1196 for information. Please don’t let this club die. We need your help!

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Providing care since 1996 Mettowee Valley Family Health Center is a family practice medical office located on Vt. Route 149 in West Pawlet, Vt., just over the border from Granville, N.Y. The health center has been providing care to patients throughout the region since 1996. Currently, the center is staffed by two physicians, Carl Beckler, MD, and Brian Kilpatrick, MD, and three midlevel providers, Michael Dashnaw, RPA, Jacki Becker, NP, and Jean Morgan, NP, said office manager Mary Jane Brislin. Janine Small, LICSW, has joined our staff on a part time basis to help with patients who have behavioral health needs, Brislin added. Center staff members are school physicians for the Granville Central School System and are on staff at the Orchard Nursing Centre, Brislin said. They also provide care for work related injuries for several area businesses. 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. Their sister office in Castleton, Vt., is open on Saturday and Sunday for their patients who need urgent medical care on the weekend. The MVFHC providers see patients on the weekends at the Castleton office on a rotating basis. There is an 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 has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association as part of the CHCRR Diabetes Education Center. Jacki Becker, NP, and Colleen Bates, MA, are the diabetes educators at Mettowee Valley. Their program consists of one-on-one sessions with Jacki, while Colleen provides group education classes. Currently, the program is open to diabetic patients who are patients of one of the MVFHC providers. For more information, call the office at 802-6450580 and ask for Colleen. 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 or to make an appointment with Kathie to find out if you qualify. Visit our web site at . 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. 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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Skene Manor

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Skene Manor sits majestically overlooking the Champlain Canal and the Village of Whitehall, N.Y. Skene Manor is an historically elegant, gothic-style, 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. purchased the building, dedicating all their efforts into restoring and preserving this magnificent part of Whitehall’s Skene Manor as it sits today history. Skene Manor is on the spirit and history of the Railroaders, National Registry for Historic Buildings. All monies donated are Whitehall’s football team. A gift shop is restricted to preservation projects and located on the first floor and tours of Skene Manor are free. are tax deductible. Skene Manor is open mid-April Skene Manor is easily visible from through December and closed January the waterway and land routes 4 and 22 at through mid-April. For a delightful trip their junction, inviting area tourists to back in time, with gorgeous views, the visit all of historic Whitehall, the birthlovely Victorian Tea Room is open for place of the United States Navy. Most recently the entry foyer and lunch Friday, Saturday and Sundays main parlor were restored to their origi- from 12 to 4 p.m. There are also special monthly dinners that feature a complete nal elegance. The parlor includes a beautiful his- gourmet meal. The Skene Manor is also toric piano purchased by Lent Hamlin in available for parties, reunions and recep1845 and donated by Mrs. Doris Lasselle. tions. For more information or directions, The Lasselle family were first cousins of Mrs. Potter, the former Catherine Boies. please call Skene Manor at 499-1906 or The third floor features “Gilly’s Room,” visit online at and dedicated to Ambrose Gilligan and the like us on Facebook.

Driftek Computer Systems, formed by Josh Gillespie in 2006, offers computer repair, virus removal, Web design, and retail items. Additional services include custom designed computers, brochures, graphic design, networking, programming, and much more. “We even do house calls, and we also offer Remote Repair. Remote Repair is an excellent service that allows me to repair a computer over the internet, avoiding the hassle of unplugging your computer and having to bring it in to the store,” Gillespie said. When asked why he chose this type of business, he said, “I Owner Josh Gillespie saw a need for computer services in Granville. Today, almost every Smartphones, Tablets, or Computers household has one or more computers, with them 22 hours a day, and are using and the nearest repair shop and retail them to search for local business, restaurants, etc. Because of this, it is very store is nearly 40 minutes away!” “Anything we don’t have in stock we important to use the World Wide Web as a can order, and will usually have within platform to advertise your business, and two days, and our average repair time is so to help businesses get into the web less than 24 hours,” said Gillespie. scene, I am now offering custom designed “Because of high gas prices, this is a websites starting at only $300," said great bonus. Customers will no longer Gillespie. “Aside from computers, we also sell have to travel to Queensbury to get elecand install entertainment systems, high tronics.” definition TVs, and surround sound,” Gillespie said: “Virus infections are Driftek Computer Systems is located at the highest they have ever been. For this 67 Church St., Granville. Hours of operation reason we are offering a Virus Removal are Monday through Friday , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Service for only $55, compared to the except Wednesday when the office is closed Geek Squad price of $199.99, and routine for home and office calls. For further inforcleanups for $45.” mation, contact Josh Gillespie at (518) 642“A recent study shows that 79 percent 5049 or visit online at of people ages 18-44 have their


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Durkee Insurance Agency

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Welcome to the Durkee Insurance Agency! The Durkee Agency c o rd i a l ly invites you to call us for all of your insurance needs. We are a multi-line insurance agency offering business and personal property, casualty, The friendly staff at Durkee Insurance Agency life, disability the Durkee Agency in 1999 and Lauren income and Crossman, customer service and marlong-term insurance. We serve all of Rutland and Bennington Counties in keting representative, has been with us Vermont, and Washington County in since March 2012, and Amy Messer, customer service and front desk is new to New York. “It is the goal of the Durkee Insurance the Durkee Agency this year. Tom Pyle, CLU, ChFC and his assisAgency to provide consistent and profestant Lisa Waterhouse are also available sional service to all.” Let us be a valuable one-stop insur- to meet with you. Tom has over 29 years ance resource for you. We will take the experience serving the financial needs time to listen to your special insurance of his clients, further enabling us to needs, analyze your specific require- truly be your one-stop shop for completments, and provide professional insur- ing your insurance package portfolio. So come on in. We look forward to seeance solutions that meet your individual ing you soon at the Durkee Insurance needs. Our office consists of seven insurAgency located at 651 Route 22A N., Fair ance professionals. Owner Kevin Durkee, ChFC, started Haven, VT 05743. Our office hours are 7 his insurance career in 1978 and opened a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. the Durkee Agency in 1980. MaryAnn Evening and weekend appointments are Munger, CISR, is senior vice president also available, and we still make house of agency operations and began her calls. Check us out on the Web at www.durinsurance career at the Durkee Agency, and call us at 802-265in 1990. Marion Bushey, CISR, is vice president of commercial lines and began 3439. Let us put our insurance experiher insurance career in 1991, and joined ence to work for you.

Castleton Family Health Center has been serving our patients since 1967, and it 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 five CHCRR sites, which include Mettowee Valley Family The health center is located on Route 30 Health Center in West Pawlet, Medicare, and accept most major comBrandon Medical Center in Brandon, mercial insurances. For uninsured Rutland Community Health Center at patients, we offer a sliding fee scale dis215 Stratton Road in Rutland, CHCRR count program based on household famPediatrics in Rutland, and Common ily income. This program is also availStreet Health Center at Commons Street able to senior citizens covered by in Rutland. CHCRR provides a compre- Medicare but without a secondary insurhensive array of health-care services in ance plan. At Castleton Family Health a bright, modern building located just Center, we consider it a privilege to pronorth of Castleton Corners on Route 30. vide your health care. Whether you are Our patients receive high-quality pri- looking for a pediatrician to assist you in mary care, preventative and behavioral raising a healthy child, a class to learn health services delivered by our staff of how to manage your diabetes, an annual nine physicians, one physician’s assis- physical, or you simply need a prescriptants, and four nurse practitioners and 3 tion filled, it is all available right here at licensed clinical social workers. Our Castleton Family Health Center. location offers on-site lab and X-ray serOur office is open Monday through vices, specialized pediatric and women’s Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. health care, diabetes education counsel- to 4 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ing and group classes, behavioral health, New patients are always welcome. Call as well as a full-service pharmacy. (802) 468-5641 anytime during business We gladly welcome patients covered hours or feel free to visit by Vermont and New York Medicaid,

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Skenesborough Harbor

Donna P. Johnson Physical therapy, P.C.

(l-r) Kayla, Susan, Brooke, Emily, Bridget, Ryan, Donna and Carol. Skenesborough Harbor is located in Whitehall, N.Y.

Safe and affordable housing Resident Bonnie Brown describes life at her haven: “I’m going on my 11th year here as a resident at Skenesborough Harbor. It is a safe haven. It is very affordable; rent is based on income. I have electric heat and my bill runs around $58 a month and $60 a month with the air conditioning. No water, sewer or fuel bills. No keeping up with repairs or house insurance, removing snow or mowing the lawn. You are truly retired here,” states Ms. Brown, a current resident. “We have a large community room with a stove, refrigerator, TV, couch, coffee table and chairs, where we have knitting classes and more stuff to come. In this economy, why struggle to keep your home and try and heat it? Let Skenesborough Harbor welcome you. They do the repairs, leaving you to rest, travel and just have fun. Come see us, we will put the coffee on.” Skenesborough Harbor strives to make the lives of senior citizens and the mobility impaired a little easier and more comfortable. The apartment complex is located at 8 Elizabeth Street, just past the railroad tracks as you enter Whitehall on Country Route 18. According to manager Janice Slichko, Skenesborough Harbor offers affordable apartments for adults ages 62 and older, as well as the mobility impaired. The apartments are part of National Church Residences, an organization that has dedicated a half century of effort to providing quality housing in affordable, caring communities. Established in 1961, the organization initially focused on senior citizens, but expanded its mission to include the

housing needs of low and moderate income seniors, families and adults, the homeless, persons with disabilities, and a host of supportive health care services. The apartments in Whitehall are an independent living community for seniors and are HUD subsidized. Most would be surprised to know that they can have a small pet and also to know that if their monthly income is $789, the rent would be $153.00. “We have one-bedroom and studio apartments,” said Slichko. “There are 40 apartments in all.” Every apartment administered by NCR is built to be well-designed, appealing and safe. “It’s a secure building. Residents can’t enter without a key,” Slichko explained. Each of the apartments comes with many of the same amenities as any normal apartment, including a stove and a refrigerator and also comes with all of the things you don’t need to worry about: Repairs, maintenance and fuel costs. There is an onsite service coordinator to help with HEAP forms, Social Security (SSI), etc. She also brings different programs into the building, such as information about Medicare and EPIC, blood pressure clinics and fire and safety prevention. Other National Church Residences are located in Granville, Queensbury and Rutland. To learn more about Skenesborough Harbor, call Janice Slichko at 518-4991498. For more information about National Church Residences, visit www., or call 1-800-388-2151.

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A trusted, local resource for physical therapy for 23 years Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C., has two office locations, one in Granville, N.Y., and one in Fair Haven, Vt. Both offices provide licensed, professional and skilled physical therapy in a private, physical therapist-owned practice. For more than 20 years we have been a local, trusted resource for nonsurgical and post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as for the rehabilitation of workman’s compensation injuries. This is our 23st year in Granville and our 12th year in Fair Haven. 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 when their doctor refers them for physical therapy. Our entire staff 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 four physical therapists. We offer experience and competence in the following areas: general orthopedics, over-use injuries, sports related injuries, work conditioning, spinal care, neurological conditions, pediatric conditions and lymphatic drainage. 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 either one of our two offices at any time.”

New this year is the introduction to our website (www.donnajohnsonpt. com). This allows the community to learn more about our facilities, to become more educated about physical therapy and various injuries, as well to contact the physical therapists or office staff directly via personalized emails! Our focus is to provide our community and patients with innovative and up-to-date, hands-on treatment. Our mission is to reach out with patient education to empower people to return to their everyday home, work and play activities by using home exercise programs, in-house educational bulletin boards, newspaper articles geared towards improved wellness and injury prevention, and now, with additional educational tools on our website. Physical therapy offers individuals a conservative non-invasive approach to the treatment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions and injuries. However, if you need surgery we are committed to being part of the team of health professionals that safely and effectively guides you back to your activities in home, work and play. Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C., is available to you in Granville, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Contact the Granville office at (518) 642-9519. In Fair Haven, the 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


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M & B Auto Salvage

Whitehall, N.Y.

The USS Ticonderoga hull located in Whitehall, N.Y.

Birthplace of the U.S. Navy (l-r) Rob, Mitch and Michael

Easier to recycle scrap for cash Mitchell and Donna Barrett opened M&B Auto Salvage at 112 DeKalb Road in Granville last year, and their son Michael Barrett is the company’s manager. M&B buys unwanted vehicles and all types of scrap metal, sells used auto parts and also offers to pick up unwanted vehicles and equipment. The firm employs five people. M&B is a family business. “I went into transmission rebuilding, and I also restore Mopar muscle cars,” Mitchell Barrett said. “My son Michael has always worked with me and he knows the business. Michael went to Castleton College for business, and after he graduated, the opportunity came up to purchase the salvage yard, which was something we always wanted to do together. So we went for it; Michael runs the yard.” Barrett says there are several important things customers should know about his business. “We pay our customers cash every time. We have a state-certified, drive-on scale, which automatically prints out weight slips, for an honest, accurate weight. We can also pick up unwanted vehicles and heavy equipment for those who cannot bring them in. Being located right in Granville makes it convenient, no traveling. “When we purchase an unwanted vehicle the first thing we do is use our evacuator to drain all the fluids from the

vehicle so that there is no leakage, and we recycle all of these fluids.” He added, “Some people might be surprised that we buy any type of metal for recycling: Copper, brass, aluminum, steel, tin, batteries, heavy equipment and machinery. We even take electronic waste like computer towers.” One other important aspect, he said, is that his firm helps the keep the town clean. “We help the environment by recycling unwanted vehicles, metals and equipment,” he said. “The owners get a clean yard and cash in their pockets. It’s great for everyone.” Barrett said he has already made a number of changes so far this year. “We have already changed quite a lot by putting in the drive-on scale and new pallet scale. We are always trying to make dropping off faster and easier for our customers, whether you have a large load or a small load. Quick in and out, cash paid.” Finally, he said, his family also stays together when not working. “Our family is close, and every Sunday my son and daughter and their families all come over to the house for dinner. We always have a great time together, barbecue, play some bocce. It’s all good.” M&B can be reached at 518 642-3063. The business is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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Settled in 1759 by British Army Capt. Philip Skene, Whitehall was once a center of maritime trade. Famous for its place in naval history as being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy, the town has several historical landmarks and buildings. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Skenesborough Museum. One will get a good feel of what it was like to live in Whitehall in the 19th and 20th Century. Visit the beautiful park or how about seeing the hull of the USS Ticonderoga! If you are not a history buff, maybe you would enjoy a show at The Bridge Theater, now located at the renovated and updated Whitehall Armory, or have dinner at one of Whitehall’s fine restaurants You may choose waterfront din-

ing! Watch the boats as they cruise past on the canal. Shop in one of the many antique stores, check an auction schedule, play golf or rent a boat. For a one-of-a-kind meal, why not dine at the Skene Manor, Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter’s residence, now beautifully restored. Maybe even keep an eye out for the Louis McClure, a fullscale replica of an 1862 class sailing boat built in Burlington, Vt. Whitehall is located on Route 4 in New York between Fair Haven, Vt. and Comstock, N.Y. Stop by for a visit anytime. For more information on upcoming town events, shows, dining, lodging or shopping, visit

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Cuttin' Corners Arena

Jennifer L. Miller Modern Woodmen of America Serving more than 750,000 members

Owner Wendy Chesnut

Lessons, boarding and barrel races There were definitely no cutting corners on the new horse barn built for Wendy Chesnut’s Cuttin’ Corners Arena business located in Poultney, Vermont. Few words were wasted describing her excitement on the Internet: “Stop and see our new barn. It is beautiful.” The new barn provides an indoor heated arena measuring 80 by 150 feet, as well as an outdoor arena, which measures 135 by 185 feet, along with many other extras. Both horse and rider will enjoy not only the inside and outside arenas, but also access to miles of trails and dirt roads. General horsemanship and barrel

racing lessons are available year round, as well as monthly training. Jackpot barrel races are held from May through September and annual spring clinics have just wound down, but are held annually. Cuttin’ Corners Arena is now also taking horses for training. If a rider is looking to sharpen his or her barrel horse’s pattern or maybe just tune the horse’s skills, Cuttin’ Corners Arena can help. For further information call Wendy Chesnut at (802)2879995 or (802) 353-2263 or visit Wendy’s website at cuttincornersarena.

People helping people achieve quality of life. As a fraternal benefit society, that’s what Modern Woodmen of America is all about. Jennifer Miller, a Modern Woodmen representative in Wells, Vermont, serves members, their families, and residents in and around the Granville and Wells area. A unique combination of business and voluntarism, the organization offers life insurance, annuity and investment products, along with fraternal member benefits for families and their communities. Founded in 1883, the organization was named in honor of pioneering woodmen that cleared forests to build homes and communities and provide security for their families. Modern Woodmen of America was created to clear away family financial difficulties. While its founding mission has remained, Modern Woodmen’s products and services have changed to meet the changing needs of today’s families. Based in Rock Island, Ill., the organization serves more than 750,000 members nationwide. Jennifer Miller, Financial Service Representative, is a graduate of American InterContinental University

Jennifer Miller and a 15-year resident of the Wells area. Jennifer’s office is located at 2955 East Wells Rd, Wells, VT 05774. For more information about Modern Woodmen life insurance, annuities, investments, retirement plans and member benefits, contact Miller at 802-3259428, 802-683-7570 or Jennifer.Miller@

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Granville Small Animal Hospital

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Caring for all you pet's needs The Doctors and staff at Granville Small Animal Hospital are excited to announce some new updates and features at the hospital this year. Since the move from the Quaker Street location 13 years ago (can it really be that long?) the hospital has continued to grow and expand, offering a full range of veterinary medical services for our family pets. We still provide “wellness care” and a full range of services for sick dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotics and more. Surgical procedures include routine spays and neuters in addition to orthopedics and other advanced surgical procedures. We can perform many screening diagnostic tests not routinely available in small rural area hospitals. Our lowcost cat spay/neuter clinic has become so popu1ar that we have increased the number of days the service is provided each month to keep up with the demand. We are thrilled that the stray cat overpopulation problem will be positively affected by the program and will continue to offer the service as long as there is a demand. Our boarding kennel has also continued to grow in response to client need. We have added new staff to pamper your pets while you are away and also offer “doggy day care” for pets who wou1d otherwise spend long hours alone while owners are at work. The dogs are taken

out for play time, extra walks and mingling with other suitable playmates if requested. We encourage family pet photo shoots to add to our bu1letin boards. Darlene is also offering puppy kindergarten classes and adult obedience classes for interested parties, as well as bathing and grooming services. We also continue to update our website and Facebook status. Exciting surgical procedures can be viewed and we try to provide pertinent information on our pet’s health issues each month. Please feel free to contact us via Facebook or email if there are topics you wou1d like to see addressed. We would like to remind you that there is an on-line store and pharmacy, plus we still utilize the compounding services of Drake’s Pharmacy in Pou1tney We are happy that Dr. Beth Kissack has decided to remain as an integral member of our Veterinary team. Dr. Kissack attended veterinary school at Davis in California and practiced for two years prior to moving to the Granville area. We are thrilled to have another compassionate and dedicated doctor on our staff. Granville Small Animal Hospital is still conveniently located at 9928 State Route 22 in Middle Granville. Visit us at or call 518-642-1283.

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There is a reason why State Line Flea Market refers to two states, New York and Vermont. State Line is located in Whitehall, but on Route 18, just off Route 4, quite near the New York and Vermont border. Owned and operated by Erika Foy, State Line opened in May 2011 in the former OTB/Paddock Restaurant building. It boasts 5,500 square-feet of space filled with furniture, collectibles, antiques, tools, books, household items and more. Foy is a longtime profes- Open every sional in the real estate dispersal business “via auction, real estate sales and other venues,” she said. She wondered why the building she recently occupied was vacant for more than 10 years, since its location is convenient and it commands “high visibility from Route 4.” Ms. Foy is counting on that high visibility since State Line is her first largescale wholesale-retail outlet in the North

Sunday with items arriving all the time Country area. “The unique aspect of State Line,” she said, “is that I personally select and deliver weekly truckloads of fresh-to-the-market merchandise from the southern counties of New York State.” State Line is open each Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ms. Foy reports receiving a “growing cadre of weekly buyers eager to discover what treasures have newly arrived.”

Mountainview Commons

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Making houses look new Allan LeMay is in the business of making old houses look new. In business since 1969, Al LeMay Vinyl Siding and Roofing, located in Fair Haven, specializes in vinyl siding and roofing. LeMay can install vinyl siding on your home for the first time, repair you old vinyl siding, or wash your siding so it looks brand new. He also will install or repair your roof and can even paint your house. “We’ll do it all,” he boasts. LeMay started his business because he “likes to make old homes look like new.” His dedicated staff of employees, who have worked for him for 30 years, can

tackle any job whether you want vinyl siding installed on your 3,500-square-foot home, or you want your 500-square-foot garage painted. “No job is too small,” he said. And nothing brings LeMay more joy than helping older generations spruce up their homes. The elderly receive a 15 percent discount. During the rare occasion he’s not hard at work, LeMay enjoys traveling, hunting and fishing. In fact, he moved to the area more than four decades ago so that he could enjoy the area’s great hunting and fishing. If you have a job - big or small - that you need done, call LeMay at 802-265-3766.

Striving to make easier the lives of senior citizens and the mobility impaired, Mountainview Commons is located at 88 Quaker Street, just past the TD Bank as you enter Granville on Quaker Street. Emy Shephard, a resident for 17 years, believes Mountainview to be the most comfortable, homey and secure place to call home, with no worries of maintenance or unaffordable rent. “Manager Penny Illsley,” Shephard continued, “is always looking out for ways to make the lives of all residents more comfortable, and Coordinator Nancy Stephenson keeps us active with new and interesting activities.” According to manager Penny Illsley, the apartments are part of National Church Residences, an organization that has dedicated a half century of effort to providing quality housing in affordable, caring communities for adults ages 62 and older, as well as for the mobility impaired. Established in 1961, the organization initially focused on senior citizens, but expanded its mission to include the housing needs of low and moderate income seniors, families and adults, the homeless, persons with disabilities, and a host of supportive health care services. The apartments in Granville are an independent living community for seniors, as well as the mobility impaired and are HUD subsidized. Most would be surprised that the apartments are very affordable—30 percent

of your income—and small pets are allowed. There are one-bedroom and studio apartments, 40 apartments in all. Every apartment administered by NCR is built to be well-designed, appealing, and comes complete with a stove and a refrigerator. The apartments also come with services that residents no longer have to worry about on their own, such as repairs, maintenance and fuel costs. Safety is also a comforting feature as the apartments are in a safe, secure building which residents can enter with or without a key. Residents are close to shopping and dining with transportation, the Senior Shuttle, provided by the town of Granville. Residents can enjoy a wide range of activities from summer concerts in the park, karaoke, or a front porch summer evening. There is an onsite service coordinator to help with HEAP forms, Social Security (SSI) etc. She also brings different programs into the building, such as information about Medicare and EPIC, blood pressure clinics and fire safety prevention. Other National Church Residences are located in Granville, Queensbury and Rutland. To learn more about Mountainview Commoms, call Manager, Penny Illsley at 518-642-2418. For more information about National Church Residences, visit, or call 1-800-3882151.

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Schoony's Market

Dan Kearney's Used Cars

Stop by and try a sub for lunch

Cars and campers for 35 years

Like a Phoenix rising from its own ashes, Schoony’s Country Market has no only rebuilt its historic building but expanded, even into gluten-free foods. In the twenty months since a devastating fire, Bob and Dori Schoonmaker have made their new building “bigger and better.” That expansion of product includes bread, lasagna, calzones, muffins, sandwiches, and lots of popcorn. “We have more stock and the look is completely different,” said Bob Schoonmaker, sitting in his office at the front of his Route 22 market. “The business has definitely grown; the deli is much busier. We have new distributors and (l-r) Garrett, better prices. We are selling Briana a lot more, with the subs, fried food and pizza.” Schoonmaker credits and thanks his staff, vendors and customers, who have helped make the market an entrepreneurial phoenix. “This is a fun business,” he said, “I love it.” As for expansion, Schoonmaker notes that Green Mountain Coffee has been added, and more tables, too, so that customers can eat in, (a homemade salad, perhaps?) But Schoonmaker said the biggest addition is their foray into gluten-free food. It started when a vendor offered Schoonmaker a gluten-free tur-

Chris, Dori & Bob owners, Renee and key. The proprietor then added his own gluten-free roast beef. “We want to be there for people who need things,” he said. “If they don’t have to drive to a bigger store, that’s better for them.” As a community member, Schoony’s sponsors a softball team, and the market also publicizes on Facebook. Located at 10254 State Route 22 in North Granville, Schoony’s Market has store hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 518-345-5049.

In 1977, Dan Kearney’s Used Cars opened in Rutland and the company has continued to serve customers and grow and expand since then. Starting with ten cars, the business now boasts an inventory of 80. In 2005, Dan Kearney’s started selling lightweight campers as well, and can have as many as 20 of them on the lot at one time. Camper brands include Little Guy Teardrop Campers, T@B and White Water RVs, as well as a variety of used campers. This Dan and Joe year, the business also added Riverside RVs to its stable of new campers. Riverside makes another lightweight, tow-able RV from a company with very high standards for quality and craftsmanship. The business is at 770 Business Route 4A in Center Rutland. The phone number is 802-775-2915. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Joe Kearney said the beginning of the company stemmed from finding the right place to set up the business. “It was the ideal situation, a building large enough to pull cars and trucks inside, with plenty of parking outside for display that also had room to grow the business on either side of us,” he said. “The room for expansion was a key part of this building. It has really allowed us to grow and expand our business. “People always seem to be amazed

that for a small car dealership, we do have a very nice showing on the Internet,” he said. “We have a very detailed website showing our entire inventory 24/7. Even our campers are listed for people to see. People should always know we are open online at www. and will answer all emails as promptly as possible.” The firm has always been a big supporter of the local community, taking an interest in supporting schools, and other programs through advertising and sponsorship. Joe Kearney has one more advantage over some other camper dealers. “Like a lot of our customers, I am also a camper and enjoy using the products we sell,” he said. “My kids love to camp, and then I can tell people better how to use the campers, and sometimes where to go camping. It has become a very fun and interesting part of our business.”

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Marble Mansion Inn

Monument Hill

Come in and stay a while Experience historic elegance in this circa 1867 French Second Empire Vermont bed and breakfast on the village green in Fair Haven. Recently honored with the Trip Advisor Excellence award in 2012 and 2013, the service matches 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 The Inn was built in 1867 book in front of one of the twin We hope your stay with us will be marble fireplaces in the double parlor measured by the finished product, along with gleaming herringbone pattern with our amenities and dedicated attenwood floors and double crystal chande- tion to your needs, leaving you feeling liers. refreshed and renewed. We have eleven We are offering not only a relaxing rooms, with nine rooms named after a break but a unique experience by taking famous author. Enjoy the oriental flair in the history of the mansion, which of the Rudyard Kipling room, read “A was built in 1867 in the French Second Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Empire style by relatives of William Shakespeare room, or discover Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen. the fantasy world of Middle Earth in the The Allen family was one of Vermont‘s J.R.R. Tolkien room. The Art Deco suite first marble investors. At the time mar- is new for 2013, which features two spable was readily available and inexpen- cious rooms with two bathrooms, one sive to harvest, and Ira Allen decided to connecting for the family or guests that build a grand home made of Vermont need larger accommodations. Rooms marble. The intricacies put into the start at $80 with breakfast. three-story mansion make it unique in Please visit the rest of our site to character and grandeur, from its hand- learn more about getting a break from carved marble mantles around all the hectic world in our Vermont B&B. seven fireplaces to the plaster crown Click on “Reservation Request,” and moldings gracing the 12-foot ceilings. To we’ll be more than happy to help you see it is to truly take a step back in time find a date to experience the glamour of when cost was measured by the finished the 1800s. product and not by the hours to complete 12 West Park Place, Fair Haven, 802-265the job. 4556.

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Family owned and operated An injury on the job led Dwayne and Betty Gibbs to think of “dabbling with re-finishing. Then, we started going to auctions and selling,” the Gibbs said. Out of that grew Monument Hill Antiques, now in its thirtieth year of operation in Hubbardton. Dwayne Gibbs 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. Dwayne describes the business as obviously “family operated and owned, with not a lot of overhead. That’s why we can sell at the prices we do.” He added that people would be surprised

that Monument Hill Antiques’ prices are ten to fifteen percent lower than other refinishers. Currently, Gibbs reports Monument Hill Antiques is concentrating on smaller items, “anything people can carry away --- lamps, candlesticks, collectibles.” Describing his refinishing technique, Gibbs 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.” 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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Benson, Vermont

The Shoppe at 105 Main A fun place to shop Katherine Morey and Cory, her grandson, would like to thank their customers, both local and visiting, for supporting The Shoppe at 105 Main. Response to the business has been extremely positive. Customers are excited by the variety, quality, and cleanliness of the merchandise, as well as its display. The store is often described by customers as having “a nice flow” and as being “a fun place to shop.” Katherine says her customer base is growing steadily and many customers return weekly to see what’s new . . . or to buy that item they saw and just can’t stop thinking about! You’ll find an eclectic mix of merchandise at the store. Whether shopping for useful, everyday items for your home or for something purely nostalgic, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for at The Shoppe a t 105 Main. Katherine looks for the unique and often quirky objects, especially if they can be re-purposed for other than what they were originally intended. Old, rusty machine parts double as works of art when placed in the garden or in creative displays inside the home. However, The Shoppe at 105 Main focuses mainly on gently used furniture and household goods, including a broad selection of dishware, cookware, pottery, linens for bed and bath, vintage quilts, and home decor, such as lighting and new and used oriental rugs. The Shoppe’s ever-expanding clothing section features new and like-new apparel, mostly for women, but you’ll find men’s shirts, jackets, and sweaters there as well. “When I buy clothing inventory, I look for crisp, clean, rarely worn items, or those still bearing their original tags,

Owner Katherine Morey and Grandson Corey although my prices are much lower than the original, brand-name prices,” Katherine quickly pointed out. She went on to say, “Customers find my selection of vintage clothing especially fun and are excited when they discover something from perhaps the 30s or 40s that is back in vogue today.” You’ll also find jewelry, purses, and scarves--vintage and new--to accessorize. Katherine’s Random Knits (a.k.a. K’s R Ks) feature her very own hand-knitted scarves, mittens, and hats, which come in an array of patterns and colors, are affordable, and are sure to keep you warm once cold weather returns. The Shoppe at 105 Main also sells books, greeting cards, vintage LPs and 45s, framed prints, original artwork, cloth remnants, tools, and cast iron, as well as perennials and items for your outdoor living space. Summer hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10AM to 4PM, and by chance on Sunday and Wednesday. The business is closed Monday. For more information, call 802287-2239 or 518-744-9352, or just stop by.

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Extraordinary fun Are you In search of out-of-the-ordinary fun? Then visit Benson, Vermont. Nestled between West Haven and Orwell on Route 22A North, Benson is home to more than a thousand people who like to do their share of offering the rest of the Lakes Region seasons of fun! Fun peeks out of the snow in February with the Lake Champlain Down Home Ice Fishing Derby, and appears again in June with the town-wide yard sale. August hosts an event you just have to see and be a part of, the Benson Family Day and Burdock Festival on Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the floats, for sure, will be a sight to see! The Fire Department BBQ starts at 11:30 and goes to 1 p.m., and there is also air conditioned dining available at the local restaurant and

stores. In the afternoon, watch some down home fun with the ATV and lawn tractor pulls! What will folks make this year out of those sticky plants? It’s fun for all ages! And look for a unique shopping experience, you never know what you’re going to find! In October, mark the date for the Haunted Hay Ride, which benefits the Benson Fire Dept.: Oct. 11 and 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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 on Nov. 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Benson any season. For more information, see www.benson-vt. com

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Mandy's Spring Nursery, Garden Center and Florist

Leonie Smith and her staff

Growing gardens like never before Mandy’s Spring Garden Center and Florist sells amazing, Northern-Hardy trees and plants for all your needs. We base our business on designing gardens that we can plant, or that you can create yourself. Todd and Leonie have over 20 years of experience, and know how to turn your yard into your dream sanctuary. Mandy’s Spring Garden Center and Florist are family businesses located at 1637 County Route 28 in South Granville,

and open 9 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Feel free to stop by and browse our 200-acre fields and store, or shop online at Look for us on Facebook for daily updates, or call Mandy’s Spring Nursery to make an appointment for a free design at(518) 6423676, or order exquisite flowers through The Florist at Mandy’s Spring at (518) 642-9696.

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Misty Heather Morn Quality care, comfortable and safe 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, with quality care, comfortable and safe. 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 Heather Morn. Residents enjoy Located on Blissville porch Road in Hydeville, Misty Heather Morn provides the elderly with a place to come for care and shelter when the option of living alone is no longer available. Opened in 1985, the Colonial-style house gives residents a feeling often lacking in other facilities. All of the rooms have been tastefully decorated to make residents feel at home. Misty Heather Morn has the capacity for 16 residents. They have a staff of 17 employees. It’s a low ratio because many residents can care for themselves in a level 3/ERC (enhanced residential care ) facility, Misty Heather Morn has been able to obtain waivers from the State of Vermont for those residents who require Level 2 nursing home-type care because of their high level of service and care. Owner and RN, Fran Tice explains.

a beautiful summer afternoon on the “We do provide a gamut of assistance to elderly residents who require nursing home level care,” she said. The home uses alternative health modalities, such as foot and hand massage and aromatherapy. Tice said those who are interested in Misty Heather Morn are invited to take a tour of the facility, and she interviews potential residents to see if the facility can meet their needs. The evaluation is also used to determine whether the potential resident will fit in nicely with the residents already at the facility, so that everyone is comfortable and happy there. To find out more about the facility, or to schedule a tour, or to just stop by and spend time with the residents, give Misty Heather Morn a call at 802-265-3300.

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Wellsmere Farm

Heritage Family Credit Union

Fresh from the farm We l l s m e r e Farm is located at 199 Vermont Route 30, a quarter mile north of the Wells Village. They are a family owned and operated far m known for their “pride and hard work.” The farm stand is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Loads of fresh vegetables (l-r) Michelle & Tom Bates, Misty & Gabrielle St. Martin and Harold are available Bates (in the middle) them with essential oils. One of her speand picked daily. They have many other locally made cial soaps is a pine tar soap, which is products and crafts to go along with great for getting out that garden grime, their baked goods and veggies. They also as well as helping to get rid of poison ivy. carry gluten free products, including It has also been found to help those sufcookies and flours by Bomoseen Bread fering from eczema. Other scents include tea tree, yarrow, anise, cedar wood, Basket. Additionally they sell their own grapefruit, wintergreen, geranium and “fresh from our farm” hand-ground an unscented soap for those who prefer a cornmeal, maple syrup, maple candy, scent free clean feeling. She also makes two types of bug jams, pickles, dilly beans, breads, pies, sprays. One is made strictly for us scones, cupcakes, etc. They also have their own fresh eggs humans and one is safe for use on all and fresh chickens for sale, the chickens your animals and pets as well as humans. being great for the grill or smoker! Or Both are made from essential oils that have been researched and proven to keep have it barbecued by Hadley Stock of Pink Boot BBQ, who will be at the farm off those pesky bugs. Plus it smells great, all summer long Thursday, Friday and unlike most bug sprays. And it doesn’t leave you feeling oily. Saturday’s from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Another of her unique products is the Bring the kids and come see all of our baby animals including baby chickens lotion bar she makes. They leave your pigs and especially our baby alpaca. skin feeling soft and not oily. And last “Misty” makes her own all natural but not least is her amazing photograsoaps, bugs sprays, lotions and even does phy, which she has turned into greeting her own photo greeting cards. All her cards that are perfect for any occasion. products can be found exclusively at If you have a question, want to meet Wellsmere Farm. She makes her soaps Misty, or want to place a special order, very gently, without losing their grime the Farm is on Facebook at Wellsmere fighting power, with all natural ingredi- Farm or call 802-645-0934. ents, such as olive oil, and lightly scents

Ed Davis Autos and Repairs Quality, price and personality In 2002 Ed Davis combined two of his biggest interests --vehicles and business --- to form Ed Davis Autos and Repairs. “I’ve always been a vehicle enthusiast and I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” Davis said. “And I saw a need for a professional used car lot and repair facility in the Lakes Region area.” Ten years later, the automotive sales and service facility, located in Fair Haven, is going strong even after a devastating fire in 2013. Overcoming this hardest year ever will be the Owners Ed and Tammy Davis focus for the remainder of 2013, Ed conceded. used vehicles, including trucks, cars, “Clean up and rebuilding our facility RVs, pop-up campers and even a few and getting back on track will be priori- boats. In-house financing options allow ty” states Davis. “We are still providing people with less than outstanding credit quality used vehicles for sale, financing to get quick approval and get behind the for everyone is available. We can get you wheel of a new vehicle sooner. “Don’t in that vehicle ASAP!” worry if your credit is less than perfect,” The repair shop is on track to reopen Davis said, “or if you have no credit, it’s around the first week in August. “We no problem! Ed Davis Autos can get you will continue to repair automobiles and financed and into a vehicle today!” light trucks and offer the lowest mechanEd Davis Autos and Repairs is located ical rates in the area.” Davis said. “You at 751 Washington St. in Fair Haven, just get 100 percent experience at 50 percent off Routes 4 and 22A. They can be conof the cost.” tacted at 802-265-9994 or visit them on the The business sells a huge range of web at

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Full financial services in Fair Haven Heritage Family Credit Union, located at 67 Washington St. in Fair Haven, is a member-owned, not-for-profit, financial cooperative formed for the purpose of encouraging savings by offering a good return. Managed by Kathy Breznick, the Fair Haven branch of Heritage Family Credit Union is a full-service credit union, offering a wide variety of financial products and services, including share drafts, ATM/check card and personal loans; auto loans, mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit; Emerald VISA Classic/ Gold/Platinum cards; night deposit, shared branching, financial management, business services and e-Branch home banking, as well as having all deposits federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration. And this is a partial list of services. Kathy Breznick and her staff are also

active in the community. They volunteer to help with activities, such as working the food booth at the Green Mountain Lumberjack Show, assisting with Fair Haven Concerned clothing drive and participating in the Fair Haven Gala. The branch also “adopts” a family during the holidays. Heritage Family Credit Union is a federally chartered community credit union. You are eligible to join the credit union if you live, work, do business, or worship in any of the following communities: Rutland, Addison, Bennington, Windsor or Windham counties. As a member of the credit union, each of your family related by blood, marriage or adoption is entitled to join the credit union. For more information on Heritage Family Credit Union or any of the credit union’s services stop in today to see Kathy and her staff, today, or give us a call toll-free at 888252-8932, or visit us at

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Big Bob's Food Shack

Wood's Agency Inc. Generations of excellent service

Owners Christine and Bob Monego

Serving something for everyone Each business prides itself on being unique. In Hydeville, Vt., in the Hydeville Plaza is Big Bob's Food Shack. Bob Monego claims the singularity of his Big Bob’s Food Shack Family Restaurant is classic sandwiches, American comfort foods and homemade desserts. “We have something for everyone,” Monego said, adding that all ingredients are fresh, whether its turkey, beef or pork, or even fish. “We have absolutely the freshest fish --- never been frozen,” Monego said. Another surprise at Big Bob’s is the hosting of a “Cruise-In” Sunday nights from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Any car, truck or motorcycle is welcome to cruise in,”

Monego said. Additional products and services include Big Bob T-shirts, Chef Bob’s All Purpose Rubbin’ Sauce, and Bob’s Own “Shut Up Hot” Sauce. Summing up his establishment, Monego said, “We are a family oriented, very casual, comfortable eatery that has excellent food and is easy on the wallet.” Monego added that future expansion is not needed, since “We’ve already added additional seating in the next room. Larger parties and family gatherings are welcome.” Drop on in, Big Bob’s Food Shack Family Restaurant is located in the Hydeville Plaza on Route 4A, Hydeville, Vermont or call in an order to go 802-265-9190!

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The Wood’s Agency located in historic downtown Fair Haven has over 60 years 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 Owners Ann Marie Calvi Mahar and brother David Calvi’s have been merchants Calvi in downtown Fair Haven. your business and support, and when Tony started “Calvi’s,” a family operated you refer a new customer, we do our best ice cream parlor, in the early 1900s. Ned to satisfy their insurance needs. These purchased the Wood’s Agency in the connections to the community and area early ’60s along with the downtown his- continue to help us grow and provide an toric building where the office has been excellent insurance service. continuously located. He and Loraine The Wood’s Agency has a strong repuoperated the business until retirement, tation with several local real estate when their son and daughter, David agents and attorneys. These referrals Calvi and Ann Marie Mahar took over meet the needs of second home buyers. about 20 years ago. So, whether you are purchasing a new The Wood’s Agency is a long-standing home or have a policy up for renewal, we member of Vermont Insurance Agents can solve your insurance needs with the Association (VIAA) and Independent best companies and rates. Ann Marie Insurance Agents. Ann Marie and David and David are up to date on the replaceare the agents to provide insurance ment cost of high-valued homes and the needs, so give them a call or stop in any- changing value of construction. time. They specialize in personal and The Wood’s Agency is open Monday business insurance. through Friday 9 to 5. A proud measure for our business is Call us any time at 802-265-3640. (Fax the countless number of referrals we 7840) or e-mail dacwoodsagency@comreceive from satisfied clients. We value

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The Grounds Guys of Greater Rutland

The Furniture Studio

Owner Dave Winter and his staff

Different name, same great service

Owners Julie Steves and Greg Tucci

Bringing old furniture back to life New and rebuilt furniture sold at a reasonable price is the goal of Julie Steeves and Greg Tucci of the The Furniture Studio in Poultney, Vt. The Studio is located at the corner of Depot and Church Streets, two doors down from Shaw’s. ‘We take pride in every piece we do,” the proprietors said, “from start to finish. We can bring your old furniture back to life again, instead of it landing in your local landfill.” The owners added that each piece of furniture is “made to look new again. We are a two-person team that enjoys the hard work that goes into each piece. We work hard and it shows,” the teammates said.

The partners advised potential customers to inspect their work “under our tent.” The owners added that both believe in “Recycle, Renew and Reuse.” Hours for The Furniture Studio are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. If the owners are not outside, patrons are urged to call, since the partners most likely will be upstairs “working on a new piece for clients.” The phone number is 802-8848038. As for “yard salers,” the partners added, “our place is a great way to restore that old broken down piece that is not quite ready for your home. Let us do the work for you, or we can custom build a new piece for you.”

School House Apartments A wonderful alternative When living at home causes financial strain or the upkeep is physically too much, School House 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, subsidized by the federal governments HUD (Housing And Urban Development Division) program. Financial worries, upkeep, safety and quality of life are no longer a worry. The apartments are handicap accessible with all amenities and activities close by. To find out more information or an application, contact 802-863-8376.

Fourteen years ago, Dave Winter Lawns and Landscaping began servicing the Poultney, Vt., area with a wide-range of lawn maintenance services to the community. In an effort to offer a better experience for customers, we are happy to say that Dave Winter Lawns and Landscaping has become part of the burgeoning, The Grounds Guys® franchise, for the greater Rutland area. The Grounds Guys of Greater Rutland is a full-service grounds care company. Our established systems allow us to deliver industry-leading lawn care and landscape solutions to commercial and residential clients, both large and small. Built on a family tradition of caring, The Grounds Guys of Greater Rutland is driven by a passion to exceed the expectations of our customers. Our team uses highly refined estimating systems to precisely determine the time and team size required for any grounds care job – regardless of size. The Grounds Guys of Greater Rutland’s

meticulous planning ensures timely preparation, planting, treatment, maintenance and renewal to keep your yard looking its finest year-round. With the support of our powerful regional and national resources, we can take on practically any challenge. We don’t want to be known as the “lawn guy” who comes out once a week to make sure the grass is cut; our focus is to be the team dedicated to creating a world-class look for your property. Whether you are looking to increase curb appeal or enhance your landscape with floral and garden displays, The Grounds Guys of Greater Rutland will provide you with a championship-caliber team to give your property the topseed presence it deserves. Learn more on how partnering with The Grounds Guys of Greater Rutland can benefit you by visiting our website at greater-rutland. or calling us at 802.287.2544.





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Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply Quality parts, excellent service A forty-five year tradition at Fair Haven/ Poultney Auto Supply is customer service, according to Jim Egan. Sam and Jeanette Macomber started the business with the goal of providing “quality auto parts and excellent customer service,” Fair Haven’s Egan said, adding that as Macomber Poultney store on Main Street brothers-in-law, both he and Alan Macomber, of thing from lawn tractors to trucks. “We the Poultney Store, have “continued to can fix just about anything with an carry on that Macomber tradition.” engine,” Egan claims. Employing the same approach that Egan also pointed out that Fair has kept the same customer base for four Haven/Poultney also always chooses the decades, the business has “kept the same top-end parts and carries a complete customers, because we knock ourselves supply of tools for customers to use in out for them,” Egan said. doing their own work. “My guys will go the extra mile for The stores are each on Main Street in them, and if someone else can do a job their respective towns and are open from better than we can, we are not afraid to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through refer our customers to somebody else. I Saturday. The stores are closed on do not think that many other places do Sundays. For further information, call that.” Fair Haven at 802-265-3012, and ask for Egan further points out that the two Jim, or ask for Al in Poultney at 802-287stores not only meet customers’ automo- 9211. tive needs, but also have parts for every-

Wave Lengths Paul Mitchell products featured No need to travel to get all of the hair care services of a big salon. Just call Wave Lengths! Located at 29 Second St. in Fair Haven, the salon is open Tuesday through Saturday. Fair Haven Salon is the only Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Wave Lengths fea- Southern Vermont tures the Paul Mitchell product line – and is the only Lengths on March 11, 2011, bringing her Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Southern expertise and experience to the salon. Vermont, which is a source of great Although there are just two people at Wave Lengths, Gay said customers will pride for owner Melissa Gay. Wave Lengths was started in 1995, and be surprised how many services that can in 1997 Melissa purchased the building be offered beneath one roof by those two on Second Street with plans to renovate highly skilled people. Why do people like Wave Lengths? it into a hair salon with a rental unit in Simple. Local people like to stay local the back. “I’ve always wanted to make people and be offered all hair services of any look their best and feel great about them- big salon in other areas, Gay said. Wave Lengths is open Tuesday to selves,” Gay said. Wave Lengths offer Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on cuts, dimensional color, perms, highSaturdays; call Melissa or Peg for an lights, waxing and pedicures. Stylist Peg Manley joined Wave appointment today! (802) 265-4633.





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Village Healthworks Natural healthcare in your hometown Located behind the Wells Country Store, Village Healthworks in Wells, Vt., is a natural health center offering chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy to the local community. Village Healthworks is owned by Jody Knapp, D.C., who moved his business to a larger space in Wells to be able (l-r) Molly Beverage, Meredith Elaine and Jody Knapp to offer more services ing additional providers to join their and practitioners. dynamic team, as they carry out their “You are never just a number at our mission of great community care. office,” Knapp said. “We treat all of our Outside the office, Knapp and his patients with respect and take the time wife, Pam, can often be found spending to really get to know them.” In order to outdoor time with their dogs. During the provide excellent care, the practitioners warmer months, Knapp likes to be on work together within the office, as well the golf course whenever time permits. as with other healthcare providers. Meredith teaches yoga in Granville, and Village Healthworks is proud of its enjoys all that this area has to offer. professional staff, which has a combined Molly and her husband, Paul, are very 25 years of college education and profes- active in the North Country lifestyle. sional training. They are currently seek-

Modern Woodmen of America Volunteering to support the community 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 nonprofit organization with a major goal of providing a community center and to aid the citizens of Wells and neighboring communities. Our major source of funding is Bingo. The profits from Bingo have been used throughout Become a member and help the community the area in the form of ing as we volunteer our time to support scholarships, family dinners, support of area fire departments, our community and our families. We encouraged those who are interand rescue squads, churches, and many schools and sports programs. The ested to become members of this great Woodmen have also built handicap organization and to be part of our motto: ramps in the area: 14 so far. We have pro- “There is a destiny that makes us brothvided handicap equipment and aid for ers. None shall go his way alone. All that personal emergencies for many area we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Stop in and become families. For over 70 years we have held carni- a part of something great. Contact our local MWA agent Jen vals and Christmas parities for all members and area children and families. Miller at 802-325-2259. Being part of this group is most reward-

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Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest

Adirondack Natural Stone Family owned and operated

New line of log splitters ready and in stock

Over 25 years of experience “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 identify and 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 Road for six 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 and compact tractors.” Colvin continued: “I have been working 25-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.” The store also carries oil and batteries. Why, six years ago, did Colvin open his business? “With 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. We work on any and everything we can get parts for.” Colvin added that most locations only service makes and models that they sell. The decision to lease the shop when he did was a “no-brainer,” Colvin said, since the facility needed virtually no renovations. “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. And Colvin urges customers not to forget to service winter equipment. Colvin reported that new to his business was a line of 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 can be reached at (802)265-8708.

Ducharme Funeral Home Roberts Aubin Funeral Home

Locations in Castleton and Poultney.

Care and compassion are key Losing a loved one is the hardest single ordeal a person has to endure, but Walter Ducharme does everything he can to provide local residents with a meaningful and respectful means of saying good-bye. Ducharme owns and operates Ducharme Funeral Home and Roberts Aubin Funeral Home, located in Castleton and Poultney, respectively. 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. Peace of mind for families knowing their loved one never leaves our care. Ducharme has owned his own funeral home since it opened in Castleton in 2002. The Poultney funeral home was acquired in June 2010.

He credits his involvement with the Castleton First Responders for his inspiration to enter the memorial service industry. “Having been working in the emergency medical services for years, I found it was another way to help people in a time of need.” He was also inspired by his father-in-law, Doug King, whom he has worked with. Ducharme said people are always surprised at the cost savings they get when they chose to have him prepare their memorial services. Customers are encouraged to shop around and compare prices and services. For more information, you can call Ducharme Funeral Home at 802-468-0026, Roberts Aubin Funeral Home at (802) 287-5511 or go online to and

Adirondack Natural Stone is your premiere source for landscaping and building stone. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to ensuring that we deliver, to our customers, the perfect blend of natural stone selections for their projects. We quarry many different colors of natural granite. Some of the choices you may have heard of include Hawthorne, Heritage, Saranac, Dolph Pond, Blue Mountain and Owner Andre Hagadorn Adirondack Granite. All and opened his first quarry. Now, through of these beautiful blends are available in thin veneer, roughly dedicated employees, an honorable code squared and rectangular veneer; mosaic of ethics and superior customer service, veneer and ashlar veneer; flagging, the company has expanded to five funcwallstone, uniwall, boulders and step tioning rock quarries. Andre’ is described by his employees as highly slabs. Adirondack Natural Stone has con- motivated. All of his customers apprecitinually added new processing equip- ate his hands-on attention to detail. He ment to our fabrication shop. We now and the entire staff at Adirondack can offer those special cut and size piec- Natural Stone are devoted to providing a es for your special projects. To give you consistent high quality stone product an idea who uses our stone, it can be with integrity that outweighs the stone. seen across the United States and into This has made Adirondack Natural Canada. Just a few months ago, we sent Stone a leader in customer satisfaction in the industry. Please call us at (518-499a beautiful load to the Virgin Islands. Adirondack Natural Stone is a family 0602), visit our showroom at 8986 Route operated business. Andre’ Hagadorn, 4, Whitehall, NY, or check us out on the the founder, has been involved in the web at www.adirondacknaturalstone. stone industry as a welder for many com. years. In 1996, he took the opportunity

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Happy Paws Daycare

Northern Insuring Agency, Inc.

Give the do-it-yourself dog wash a try

Best-in-class in the industry

Do you have a highstrung 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 opened their doggie daycare in June of 2005 “because we saw a need for such a facility,” which, by the way, is located at 82 Route 30, just north of Castleton Jill Mulholland and daughter Sam play with 'the class' in Corners. the outside fenced in play area. “We have a 4,000-square-foot buildeven has a do-it-yourself dog wash: ing with more than 14,000-square feet of “We installed the do-it-yourself Dog outdoor runs,” the Mulhollands Wash,” Jill reported, adding that the explained. “The dogs run in a pack wash consists of a state-of-the-art, raised, throughout this facility, in and out at stainless-steel tub and ramp, with a rewill, with the smallest dog, the Yorkshire circulating wash system and high volTerrier, five pounds, and the biggest, a ume air dryer. St. Bernard and Great Dane Mix, 145 “We supply everything needed,” Jill pounds.” said, including “high quality, high proJill Mulholland adds that running tein shampoo and conditioners, combs Happy Paws is a “lot of fun, and a very and brushes, towels and apron. We will rewarding occupation. To see these dogs even clean up the mess.” Jill claimed the interact and get along is just amazing.” entire dog cleaning process takes less She added that at Happy Paws, the fol- than “half-an-hour.” lowing skills are taught --- “simple comQuestions about Happy Paws Daycare mands, socialization skills, exercise and can be answered by calling 802-468-3033. often house training.” Happy Paws is open Monday through The Mulhollands also noted that their Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday facility maintains a retail store selling by appointment. premium dog and cat food. Happy Paws

Northern Insuring Agency, Inc.’s commitment to outstanding customer service, long-term client relationships and strong ethics is what helps them fulfill their vision of being best-in-class in the industry. In 2012, Northern Insuring was once again part of a group of independent insurance agencies around the United States that were selected as “Best Practices” agencies. To qualify, agencies had to rank among Paula Steves and Dick Look the top performers in the annual ered by a friendly, knowledgeable, full“Best Practices Study” conducted by the Independent Insurance Agents time staff. In addition to providing the commuand Brokers of America and Reagan nity with a local source for quality insurConsulting. Located at 92 Main Street in Whitehall, ance services, Northern Insuring takes great pride in fulfilling its civic responNorthern Insuring provides a variety of insurance products to meet a customer’s sibilities. The company is responsible every need, from both personal and busi- for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors ness insurance to employee benefits and campaign with the American Red Cross investment planning. The company is in Clinton County, and is also a pace-setlicensed in both New York and Vermont. ter for the United Way. The Whitehall Founded in Au Sable Forks in 1930, branch of Northern Insuring is also a Northern Insuring now has its main member of both the Whitehall and office in Plattsburgh. The Whitehall Granville chambers of commerce. For more information about Northern branch was opened in 1981, and the company has one additional branch office Insuring call 518-499-0444 or stop by the located in Massena. The Whitehall office office, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekgives local residents the opportunity to days. They are also on the Internet at enjoy prompt and reliable service deliv-

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RAVNAH Home health and hospice Since 1946, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice has helped people of all ages get better and taught them to better manage their home health care. RAVNAH is a Medicarecertified nonprofit home health and hospice agency delivering a wide range of advanced medical care services to people in Rutland County and the Dorset and Rupert areas. Hospice volunteer Nancy Birdsall visits with a hosRAVNAH, employs 65 full- pice patient to provide comfort and respite for famtime workers, including CEO ily members. Ronald J. Cioffi, and 157 partime employees. They offer location of residence. skilled nursing, physical, speech and The hospice team at RAVNAH prooccupational therapy, end-of-life hospice vides care, comfort and support for those and palliative care, home health aides, in the final stages of life and for their medical social workers, nutritionist, pri- families. Hospice care is available for a vate duty companion and personal care wide range of illnesses, including endservices. stage lung, heart and liver disease, canRAVNAH offers pediatric high-tech cer, dementia, stroke, Alzheimer’s and care, Kids on the Move pediatric reha- ALS. Our staff is available on call, 24 bilitation, flu and pneumonia clinics, hours a day, 7 days a week as needed. blood pressure and foot care clinics and RAVNAH is also committed to keeping daily telemonitoring of patients’ vital our community healthy all year long by signs, travel health immunizations and making wellness programs accessible to consultative services for international all who seek them. We sponsor a wide travelers, maternal and child health, range of clinics and services for both childbirth education classes, traumatic area residents and businesses, including brain injury support, psychiatric nurs- health education, screening, testing and ing, in-home support and supportive immunizations. housing services. Outside of its regular business, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse RAVNAH co-sponsors “Start the Association was started for the purpose Conversation,” a public education initiaof promoting health, educating the pub- tive with across Vermont to increase lic on disease prevention, and providing understanding of health care choices, skilled nursing for the care of the sick in including hospice and palliative care; their own h o m e s . encourage people to have end-of-life disAlong with the executive director, the cussions with their loved ones and docorganization is led by a volunteer, com- tors and to communicate their health munity-based board of directors that care choices using an advance directive. provides local citizen control and Call RAVNAH at 802-770-1520 or visit ensures fiscal responsibility, program continuity and agency accountability. RAVNAH is located at 7 Albert Cree RAVNAH is recognized as a Home Drive in Rutland, and its offices are open Care Elite agency, placing us in the top Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 500 home health agencies in the United p.m. Nurses are on call 24 hours a day, 7 States. days a week. For information about As a non-profit agency, the company home care or hospice services, people is proud to take care of the people in its can reach the central intake office at communities, regardless of their ability (802) 770-1555. The general information to pay, complexity of health issues or number is (802) 775-0568.

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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. This chicken and biscuits on this 13-foot maple counter at this business? _______________________________________________________________________________ 2. This is the place to find “Misty’s homemade soap” and all natural bug spray? _______________________________________________________________________________ 3. You’ll enjoy the best fishing you ever had with the services of this business? _______________________________________________________________________________ 4. The place where your best friends always receives the best care? _______________________________________________________________________________ 5. Steve and his staff take great pride in their work and always go the extra mile here? _______________________________________________________________________________ 6. Get wine, liquor, beer and chicken and biscuits at this local business? _______________________________________________________________________________ 7. They are in trouble and need your help? _______________________________________________________________________________ 8. We don’t make mistakes here, you just forget what you ordered? _______________________________________________________________________________ 9. They’re well read and celebrating 12 years in Poultney? _______________________________________________________________________________ 10. This house features a Gambrel Roof and plenty of hospitality? _______________________________________________________________________________ Just answer the ten questions and mail to the Lakes Region FreePress, 14 E. Main St., Granville, NY 12832. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 16 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. 19. 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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Perry's Main Street Eatery

American Hardware

(l-r) Roy, Wendy, Kyle and David

Experienced, helpful staff the key

Owners Donna and Walt Perry

Making happy customers for 17 years Perry’s Main Street Eatery has been open for 17 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 and are now offering broiled haddock. Don’t forget Walt’s 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, Walt and the staff will treat you like family and you won’t leave hungry. Open Monday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 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 and Easter. Perry’s Main Street Eatery located at 253 Main St. Poultney, Vt. Call them at (802) 287-5188.

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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 streets 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 are maintaining 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 wellstocked with any items needed to address any projects 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, kerowicks, 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 to Glens Falls and I can’t find one,’ we have it in stock on the shelf,” said Wendy Hunter. 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. Experience is a key: David has 32 years, Wendy 20 years, Kyle 16 years, Tom Quiggle has 14 years and Roy Rathbun has 13 years. “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. Please call the store at 518-642-1334.

Thomas' Auto Repair

Physical Therapists provide a non-invasive approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions and injuries. Our mission is to support your goals that allow you to return to your activities at home, at work and in recreation. We provide you with the information and tools to help prevent re-injury & improve your well-being. Celebrating Over 20 Years Serving Your Community 5 Madison Street 28 Fourth Street Granville, NY Fair Haven, VT (518) 642-9519 (802) 265-4055

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Repairs to cars, trucks and boats 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, Vermont, the business “is going strong” thanks to “great community support,” Thomas notes. Whether the car is made in the USA or elsewhere, Keith Thomas and his son, Keith Jr. --- “who is learning the ropes of the business” --- are 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 elder Thomas announced that someday his same-named son would be taking over the business. The list of jobs 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. Keith Sr. didn’t say the obvious: young Keith has a lot of “ropes” to sort out. Keith Thomas, senior or junior, can be reached at 802-645-9122.

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Gemini Fitness What is a life changer? A life changer can be either a positive or negative thing. Having a heart attack, or substantial weight gain, changes your life in a negative way. Once it happens, it is usually a permanent part of your life. Getting fit, or losing weight, changes your life in a positive way. We can change your life at Gemini Fitness. Everyone who comes to us changes his or her life in a positive way if he or she sticks with it for even just a few months. Usually, the hardest part of coming to see us is getting up the nerve to walk in the door, but we help and encourage everyone. Are you overweight, a senior, or simply out of shape? Do you have physical limitations? Then you belong with us. Unlike other fitness centers that cater to hard bodies and weight lifters, we specialize in those who need extra help and encouragement. Take weight loss, for example. Losing weight is one of the single most positive things you can do for both your health and your looks. Many of us fight the battle of the bulge every day. If you are carrying extra pounds, those pounds will cause major health issues throughout your entire life! If you look at the covers of the magazines in the checkout line at Price Chopper, the latest way to lose weight is on almost every cover. Those articles are designed to sell magazines, not to help you lose weight. The single most effective program for long term weight loss is strength training…period. Muscle is metabolically active. A muscle burns calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even when you are sleeping! So

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Lindsay Sr., Lindsay Jr., and Schuyler the more muscle you can add to your body, the more calories you will burn every day for the rest of your life. And you don’t have to radically change your diet either. One of the dirty little secrets of weight loss is that dieting alone does not work long term. When you diet, you actually lose twice as much lean tissue, that is metabolically active, than fat. So dieting alone really makes it harder to keep weight off ! You won’t read that in any of those magazines, but any reputable dietician will tell you that. To lose weight, get stronger, get fitter, healthier, look better, sleep better, and avoid almost every major disease known to man. Come change your life with us. We are open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4 – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. Walk in any time and visit us at Gemini Fitness, 11 E. Main Street, Granville, NY. Or call us at 518642-2550. We are Lindsay, Schuyler, and Lindsay Sr., the life changers.

Doran Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Quality roofing and competitive prices For 43 years, Jim Doran has been in the roofing business. Synonymous in the roofing industry is the name Doran --- synonymous for doing quality roofing at competitive prices. Whether it’s commercial or residential, Jim and his team of roofing experts stand behind every job, big or small. They offer free estimates and all work is guaranteed. Owner Jim Doran Remember, for all your roofing them at (802) 265-8033 or visit their locaneeds see the “go to” guy, Jim Doran at tion at 473 Route 4A in Bomoseen, Doran Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Call Vermont.

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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 Host a party accounts. Prices are relatively modest and the atmosphere is casual, friendly and relaxing. Breakfast is served daily from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and with your meal comes a bottomless cup of coffee. Lunches are served with an offering of hot and cold dishes and daily specials, and dinner is served seven days a week – eat in or take out. Sunday and Monday are Mexican nights with sizzling fajitas, taco salad, burritos and quesadillas, just to name a few. All dinner entrees are served with home-baked bread, homemade soup and salad bar. The menu is replete with special offerings, depending on the day of the week. In the pub, set off from the dining room, two big-screen TVs entertain sports fans with weekly specials from steamers to Buffalo wings and more than 100 imported and domestic beers to

in the banquet room choose from. A banquet room is available for private parties but reservations must be made well in advance. To place an order, or make dinner or banquet reservations, call (518) 642-3237 or stop in and let AJ’s friendly staff assist you. After you’ve had that great meal at AJ’s, stop on over to the Granville Lanes and Fun Center on the Middle Granville Road in Granville. They’ve got some great specials this summer in their snack bar, such as a hot dog for only 75 cents, or if you’re super hungry how about trying a foot long dog for only $1.25. Can’t beat those prices! From Sunday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. a game of bowling is only $3. So come on down and enjoy a great family day! Call the Granville Lanes and Fun Center; they can be reached at 518-6429855.

Markie Roofing and Siding

Another quality job by Markie Roofing

Exceptional quality and service Markie Roofing and Siding Inc. is committed to providing exceptional quality and service, unrivaled in the construction and renovation industry. Fully licensed and insured in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, it 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 Siding is based out of Fair Haven ,

Vermont, but also services multiple locations in the Northeast area. Service areas included major locations, such as Rutland, Fair Haven, Castleton; Killington, Stratton, Whitehall; Manchester and the Mountains; Dorset, Shelburne, Burlington, Albany; Okemo, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Glens Falls, Lake George, and any of the suburbs of these larger communities. There is no job too big or too small for Markie Roofing & Siding to handle and you can expect the best in quality craftsmanship and materials will be used on your project. Whether it is a renovation or an historical restoration, Markie Roofing and Siding has the knowledge, talent and dedication to provide you with the best job around. To reach Markie Roofing and Siding, call 802-7795979.

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CBH Business Services Inc.

Bardin's Tire Service

Working one-on-one with clients

Superior service for 60 years

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. Catherine BostockHudy has been an enrolled agent since 2004. She participates in continuing education annually to keep up with the fastpaced changes in tax legislation. Catherine is proud of Owner Catherine Bostock-Hudy the relationships CBH Falls, which is open year-round. Business Services is able to develop with This past year we have gone to social clients. “We work one-on-one with the networks such as Facebook to help get clients.” our business out there a little more. Catherine also offers tax planning Please link up to our page to get up-toand IRS representation for individuals date information on preparing for your and business as well as accounting sertaxes and so much more. vices for small businesses. “I like workTo learn more about how CBH ing with small businesses,” she said. Business Services can help your small “They have unique issues, and need business, or assist you in filing your someone who understands and can work taxes, call their Vermont office at 802with them.” 645-9900, or their New York office at 518The company has two offices, one at 793-8546. 1130 River Road in West Pawlet, Vt., and “We are always accepting new clithe other at 119 Dix Avenue in Glens ents,” she said.

Sunrise Family Restaurant 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, which 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 Homemade meals for your family. and the menu is affordable and varreasonable prices, customers will come ied,” explained Burhans. The eatery back again and again. offers a chicken and biscuit special on The Burhans encourage you to stop Thursday and a prime rib special on by. weekends. Sunrise Restaurant is open for breakThe eatery maintains its small town fast and lunch seven days a week and appeal through its customer service. The open for dinner Thursday through Burhans believe that if you treat every Sunday. customer the way they expect and Take-out is available, and the eatery deserve to be treated, and if you offer the can be reached at (802) 671-8070. best overall value with good food and


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Bardin’s Tire Service and Expert Auto Repair has been serving the automotive needs of Granville and the surrounding communities since it was begun in 1953 by Clarence Bardin. “For the past 60 years we’ve strived to be the best,” said Mark Bardin, owner since 1981. “Our quality tires and superior service are unmatched by any dealer.” Bardin’s Tire Service is located at 66 Quaker St., next to Granville High School. Over the years the company has become interwoven into the fabric of the community. “We’re honest, sincere and friendly. We’re a family-owned repair shop; we went to school here, lived for many years, and supported the community,” Bardin said. Although there are other repair shops in the area, few can match the experience and training of their staff. “Our ASE-certified techs and hightech equipment can repair your vehicle quickly and effectively the first time,” added Bardin. The company also boasts one of the most extensive lines of tires in the region. The company has tires available for every kind of vehicle from passenger cars and lightweight trucks to large farm trucks. “Large or small, we can get them all,” Bardin said. “Our brands include Bridgestone, Firestone, Daytona, Goodyear, Cooper, Nokian, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Continental, and many more.” The business also houses a one-bay

Owner Mark Bardin car wash.“It’s a Lazer Touchless Car Wash,” Bardin added. Customers can drive around to the back of the building, place their money in the fully automated machine and sit in the comfort of their car as it’s washed. The machine has several settings allowing the customer to choose extra options such as having their car spray waxed or having the undercarriage cleaned, perfect for getting corrosive salt off your car during the winter months. “We’re always available for all of our customer needs,” Bardin said. “We offer 60 years of quality service for less, with a personal touch.” Bardin’s is open Monday though Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call them at (518) 642-1311.

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Dick Walker Sawmill

Castleton Motors

Dick Walker Sawmill barn designed by a customer and Dick Walker

Stop by for a visit Repeat customers, word-of-mouth, and people who have just “seen something that they liked” are three reasons that explain the success enjoyed by Dick Walker Sawmill this year, the owner reports. Walker added that he has done little advertising, since there are many of his company’s houses “out there,” and this, in part, has fueled the steady flow of business. “I’ve been in business a long time” is another reason for the Sawmill’s profitable year of operation. Walker cites customer enthusiasm and project creativity as the finest part of his business, counting even more than even profit. “My customers have been the best part of my business,” Walker explained. “They have built a lot of real nice projects with our lumber.” The Sawmill owner broke down into steps a typical Dick Walker Sawmill project: A customer “came to me and said he wanted to build a six-stall horse barn, with hay storage, tack room, and



shelter for equipment. We sat down and talked about the size of the stalls and tack room, the width of the alley, and where the doors would be. That determined the size and layout of the barn. My advice was to add a lean-to on the side for equipment. “We determined that twelve-foot side walls and a ceiling at nine feet (for the horses) would still give him plenty of room for hay storage. The result was a beautiful owner-built barn that fit his exact needs, and a happy wife --- her horses,” Walker said, adding that another successful project was construction of a “nice sugar house. If you can dream it, we can do it.” The owner-operator ended by saying that to contact Dick Walker Sawmill, persons should call 802-273-2077 or “stop by for a visit” to the business, located on Evergreen Road, Fair Haven. Or one can visit the website at



Sandon is The current Sandon is Introduced founded in Granville acquired Thermalbond Granville, site is by the Product NY constructed Norton Co.


Belgium Factory opened

Jerri Adams, office manager, Cy Loomis, sales, Pat Loughan, Jr., owner, Pat Loughan Sr., GM, and Justin Carruth, service manager (l-r)

A one-stop shop and more Providing all of your automotive needs, sales or service, Castleton Motors in Castleton, Vermont is a one-stop shop and much more. Open Monday to Friday, each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castleton Motors also offers Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A one-stop shop, Castleton Motors “takes pride in providing for all of your pre-owned automotive needs,” said owner Pat Loughan Jr. Castleton Motors started business in 2005. It now sports seven full-time employees. In addition to being the place for preowned automobile sales and service, Castleton Motors has a new and used



tire center providing the rubber needed to meet the road. Castleton Motors is also a U-haul rental facility. Vehicle sales are the focus of Castleton Motors, Loughan said, “We are most proud of the sales and service portion of the business.” All vehicles come with a six-month unlimited mileage nationwide warranty and qualify for up to 48 months. After the vehicle sales, Loughan urged area residents to continue to stop in to Castleton Motors for their service, which is the service of a small, familyoriented business. To contact Castleton Motors call (802) 468-2897.


The Norton Norwood Green Glue Co. is Integration Acquisition acquired by Saint-Gobain


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Minhang China Factory opened

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Brown's Orchard & Farm Stand

Tot's Diner

Fresh local foods for you

Where customers are our family

“From our garden to your table.” That’s the slogan of Brown’s Orchard and Farm Stand, a family business that has been operating in Castleton for more than 80 years. Located on Route 30, one mile south of Castleton Corners, Brown’s Orchard and Farm Stand offers apples, cider, seasonal fruits and vegetables, Vermont products, pies, donuts and Vermont gifts and baskets. During the season, we sell Christmas trees and wreaths. Stop by, visit Lily and buy sweet corn. And Brown’s Orchard and Farm Stand will ship for you. us-for-you’ approach.” The business was formed in 1926 and Mostly family operated, the Browns’ acquired by Charlie and Mary Brown in children are the fourth generation. 1978. Said Mary: “Why go out of town when “Pa Brown chose the location because you get the freshest from the farm proit was located between Lake St. Catherine duce and baked goods right here at and Lake Bomoseen,” said Mary. “We Brown’s?” take pride in the personal touch,” she Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand is added. “Knowing our customers by open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To call, name, we pride ourselves in a ‘grown-by- dial 802-468-2297.

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 17 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 (l-r) Holly Ross, Theresa Turner, Tina Ballard and Crissy ordered’ … how true this Loomis. Missing Katie McNichols and Nina Corbin is.” Tot turned 70 years old this year and celebrated it with all her care of five cottages at the lake and she friends at the American Legion in now helps with the fundraising at the Castleton. “It was a lot of fun being with parish for St. Raphael’s church, along with Father Dan. She also wanted to give everyone!” Theresa said. She added that the Poultney Rotary a personal thank you to her friends and Club meets at Tot’s every Thursday and co-workers at the church for all their hard work and dedication – Betsy the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce also meets there once a Wescott, Chris Gamble, Lisa Fenton, month. When GMC comes into to town, Emily Skovira and Kirsten Wagner. it’s nice to meet the new students. We “Thank you all,” Theresa said. Located at 25 Main St., Poultney, Tot’s always remember them! Our customers Diner is open Monday through Friday are our family! from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m., Saturday from 6 Crissy Loomis has worked here for 14 years; Nina Corbin has been here for six a.m. till 1 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. years. Tina Ballard works part time and till noon. Give us a call to set up for your next Holly Ross and Katie McWaters are now meeting, take out order or just to chat at a part of our team. “We are a fun bunch 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 ordered - because we won’t remember if laugh.” In Theresa’s spare time, she takes you don’t.”

Positive Energy Local solar company earns industry’s most prestigious certification, twice! Joe Thomas, President, and Khanti Munro, Vice President, both of Positive Energy, have earned the solar industry's leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®). Both Thomas and Munro are now NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professionals ™. NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Designation as an NABCEP PV Installation Professional is widely recognized to be the most important and meaningful certification of its Joe Thomas (r,) president, with Khanti Munro, vice kind in the solar industry. president PV is short for photovolmulti-craft knowledge --- the skills, and taic (solar-electric). PV systems produce abilities required to competently design, electricity from sunlight. Most people install, and maintain PV systems. The have used a solar powered calculator or exam assesses knowledge on subjects as garden light. Some have even seen solar diverse as electrical and mechanical syspanels on roadside signs. But PV panels tem design, job site safety, the National can be configured to produce enough Electrical Code, roofing and construcenergy to power a home, school, busition techniques, and system mainteness, or even serve as a small power nance and troubleshooting. plant feeding electricity into the grid. “One thing you can be assured of As the cost of PV systems has declined when hiring a NABCEP Certified PV sharply over the last few years, more and Installation Professional is that your more households, municipalities, and project won’t be their first,” said Richard companies are “going solar,” Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of said. NABCEP is a mark of quality NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the conassurance that the consumer can use to siderable effort required to earn know that they are choosing a qualified NABCEP certification has documented contractor. their training and experience as part of “Receiving NABCEP’s PV Installation the eligibility process. They have also Professional Certification is personally made a very real commitment to upholdvery satisfying,” Munro said. “More ing high standards of ethical and profesimportantly, it means we can offer our sional practice. I am delighted to welcustomers the added confidence of come Mr. Thomas and Mr. Munro of knowing that their PV system installaPositive Energy to the ranks of the tions will be completed to the highest industry’s leading solar professionals.” standards in the solar industry and meet For more information contact Khanti all requirements of electrical codes.” Munro, VP of Solar Operations at To earn their NABCEP certification, Positive Energy. For the Granville, New Joe and Khanti were required to first York location call 518-642-8120. For the document all of their relevant education Poultney, Vermont location call 802-287and experience in PV system installa0817. Or visit Positive Energy on its webtion. Then they had to pass a rigorous site at exam that covers the breadth of this


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Casella Waste Management Committed to protecting the environment Casella Waste M a n a g e m e n t Throughout our thirty year history we have remained committed to protecting environmental resources, building our people, and working to improve the communities where we live. Every day we help create better people, businesses and communities by helping them to protect and enhance our environment and natural resources. Our Casella Waste Management serves the lakes region and long-term vision is to beyond. build a highly sustainTeamwork. We’re more effective able and profitable company by transwhen we work together. Our impact is forming traditional solid waste streams consistently stronger when we respect, into renewable resources. support and view each other as partners Integrity. We thrive when we do the and value our diversity of backgrounds, right thing. We believe there are endurinsights and opinions. ing principles for everything we do and Responsibility. We succeed when we we strive, in our deeds, to meet or exceed balance our freedom to act with a sense those standards. of accountability. Our work bears the Innovation. We prosper when we greatest fruit when exercised within a learn, understand and improve. We framework of disciplined boundaries, invest deeply in creativity, autonomy and with an urgent sense of purpose and and the willingness to take risks and ownership. embrace change. We look for opportuniTrust. We excel when we assume the ties to improve everything we do - from best in each other. Mutual respect and an our everyday operations to reinventing open, honest environment mark our the way the world manages its resourcinteractions with others. We acknowles. edge each other’s contributions, we pracService. We win when we help othtice active listening, and we deliver on ers. We are willing servants. We are senour promises. You can contact Casella sitive to needs and are eager to be a Waste Systems Inc. by visiting them at 25 resource to everyone around us, being Greens Hill Lane, Rutland, Vermont or generous with our time, talent and enertoll free at (888) 485-1469. gy.

Automobile International Corporation

(l-r) Jeff, Jeremy, Clint, Mitzi, Celeste, Tyler, Pat, AJ & Nick. Missing from picture is Mike, Brian and Jesse

We love making friends A full service, new and used car dealership, the business was formed in 1988 and is a “family operated business,” said the Michels, who purchased the business from a previous dealership. The Michels stressed that Automobile International maintains a “low pressure, friendly sales atmosphere, with a very accommodating parts and service department.” “We make buying cars fun!” the Michels said. They are also justly proud of the fact that ninety percent of their employees “have been here 25 years.” The Michels admit that they are not only “competitive and knowledgeable,” but also “honest and fair” car dealers who “promote business locally.”

“We love making friends through the automobile business,” declared AJ and Celeste Michel of Automobile International Corporation in North Clarendon, Vermont. The Michels also announced that their dealership is now offering a new line of Cadillac’s and Volvo’s. They reported that among its new lines, Volvo has introduced a V60 and “the all new XC90,” as well as fuel efficient four cylinder engines. Automobile International is located at the junction of Routes 7 and 103 in North Clarendon. Its hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

Discount Food of Poultney Family operated local business


Discount Food of Poultney opened its doors for the first time on the first Saturday of June 2002. Although it opened under the ownership of brother Richard, ownership was assumed in December of 2002 by Russell and Susan Merrill. Russell Merrill said, “We have been operating it as a family business since then, with all our children involved at times over the years. We now employ eight to 10 people on a regular basis, with more than half of the staff with us Owner for more than five years. We have a wonderful staff of dedicated employees who help keep our business growing.” The Merrills extend many thanks to their “wonderful customers who have faithfully supported us over the past 10 years.”

Russell Merrill and his staff Located on the corner of Furnace and Main Streets in Poultney, Discount Food is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., but is closed on Sundays. “Find us on Facebook for all our local happenings,” Merrill said.

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Green Mountain Chimney Sweep

Vermont Lake Region Fishing Service

Servicing all types of chimneys

The best fishing experience

It doesn’t seem possible that anyone, working from inside a sooty chimney, can “control his “own destiny,” but Green Mountain Chimney Sweep’s Eric Brown insists such is his case. Brown maintained that the “desire to work for myself ” was the principle reason Brown established Green Mountain Chimney Sweep in Poultney, Vermont. “You get out of it what you put into it,” he said, adding that his current operation “capitalizes on my years of experience in the hearth industry, selling and designing chimney systems.” Brown admits that before a chimney sweep seizes control of his own destiny, he must first complete a “nationally recognized accreditation program through the chimney safety Owner Eric Brown and Pumpkin institute of America or CSIA. In Sweep LLC also enjoys a “strong workfact, The Green Mountain ing relationship with several area fireChimney Sweep owner is most proud of his own certifications from the CSIA, the place shops,” and Brown is familiar National Fireplace Institute or NFI, the working with all major stove and fireBetter Business Bureau and the Home place brands. Brown encourages local residents to Advisor Network." Not surprisingly, patronize his business because “shop“more schooling” comes first on Brown’s ping locally keeps the community ecolist of future plans. All this training has enabled Brown nomically healthy for everybody.” to clean and inspect all types of chim- Founded in 2009, Green Mountain neys, offer wood, gas and pellet stove Chimney Sweep LLC is open seven days installation, and liners, caps and mason- a week and can be contacted by phone at ry repair. Green Mountain Chimney 802-353-2379.

Despite having a television show moving from Fox to NBC, Vermont’s Nate Laskiewicz is most proud when a client tells him “that was the best fishing I ever experienced.” Laskiewicz is also proud that his Vermont Lake Region Fishing Service consists of one employee, himself, and one “optional employee,” also himself. Laskiewicz operates Lake Region Fishing out of Sudbury. His primary business is being a fishing guide Nate Laskiewicz, owner and professional guide teaching fishing. His addiclients catch fish.” Being a one-man tional product is the television show, he operation, Lake Region Fishing uniquesaid. ly “allows hands on fishing, while the Vermont’s “great fishing resource” TV show promotes the areas we fish for inspired Laskiewicz to create his onethe fisherman and the non-fishing famiman business in 2009. He chose the ly member.” Green Mountain State as his location Laskiewicz added that people would because “Vermont has so many lakes be surprised to learn that the guiding and ponds that have great fishing, and business spawned the television show. Lake Champlain is a big attraction to Apart from the move from Fox to NBC, out-of-state fishermen. It is becoming a Laskiewicz’ plans for expansion consist fishing destination.” of building his “customer and client The veteran fishing guide added that base.” Vermont Lake Region Fishing “fishing conditions change constantly. Service can be reached at 802-345-0799. You need to be able to adapt and have

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Chippewa Stone offers a range of high quality natural building and landscaping stone.

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Diamond Brook Kennel

Ma & Pa's Place

Trusted care for your dog If you own a dog, you should know about Diamond Brook Kennel in Hubbardton, Vermont. Rod Mack acquired the business in 1982 and built it into what it is today, a caring, comfortable, tranquil place for you to board your pet. For more than 30 years now, Diamond Brook Kennel owners Rod and Barb Mack have been caring for canines while their owners are away. “Clean, comfy quarters, with outside access, are what your favorite canine friend will find, in a tranquil setting,” the Macks said. Diamond Brook Kennel also offers grooming and Retriever field training. They also breed Labrador Retrievers. Located on 4597 Rte. 30 in Hubbardton just north of Lake Bomoseen, you’ll find your best friend will receive the best care. To call Diamond Brook Diamond Brook Kennel's serene location is the Kennel, dial 802-273-2942. Feel free to visit their website at perfect place for your best friend to stay while you are away.

The Ginger Tree Closing after 36 years Businesses begin and businesses someday must end. Fourteen years shy of a half-century, The Ginger Tree clothing and specialty shop in Rutland, Vermont now marks its final season. The owner announced that after 36 years of operation, final sales would continue “until all is gone.” A Ginger Tree spokesperson said, “It has been a wonderful shop with very faithful customers. We have offered Tees, sweaters, jeans, slacks, capris, novelty jackets, shrugs, dresses, outerwear, and formalwear in long, short, and tea length. Our size range has been key.... 4/6 to 18 in missy, 16w to 26w in plus sizes and petites when they are available." Our accessories have always been a big attraction. Home fra- The Ginger tree is located in Rutland grances, candles, scarves, jewelry and bags have all been big sellers, The Ginger Tree is located at 45 North both for gifts and for personal use for our customers. The spokesperson Main St., Rutland. The telephone is 802added, “Our journey continues and we 775-7256; fax, 802-775-9055; email mail@ hope to see you in our final days in or visit The Ginger Tree on Facebook. Rutland.”

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Ma and Pa's Place is located in Granville, N.Y.

We’re much more than just pizza… we’ve gone gourmet! Ma & Pa’s Place is now in their tenth year of operation. And in spite of a challenging economy, it still continues to thrive. Perhaps it’s the additions to the menu. Luisa and her husband Rich not only serve “great pizza,” but also have included specialty subs, such as Philly cheese steak, ham and cheese and veggies, chicken parmagiana and some very delicious gourmet specials that include shell fish, veal, baked haddock along with our regular daily and weekly specials. Ma & Pa’s also offers an array of pizzas, calzones, appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts. “We look forward to seeing all the familiar faces of our customers who have all become our friends,” Luisa said. “As the chef, I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to prepare my meals for an appreciative customer,” Luisa said. “It is this appreciation and loyalty of all our

patrons that keeps us going. For this we owe a debt of gratitude to our loyal patrons. We thank you one and all.” The co-owner then extended an invitation to everyone to “come down to Ma and Pa’s Place and visit for awhile. And to those of you as yet unfamiliar to us, please come give us the opportunity to make your acquaintance and to prepare for you a meal that we promise you won’t forget. “Everything is made from scratch and we have a homey atmosphere and are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. We also serve wines and beers of all kinds. Please come down and join us at Ma & Pa’s Place. Local delivery is available within the village before 3 p.m. We are a dining experience you won’t forget! Call us at (518) 642-9722,” she said.

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Memories Forever

O'Callahan's Pub & Grill

Come in and check it out Trompe-L’oeil is a fancy French word for trick of the eye. Ellie Chiccarelli uses “trick of the eye” in her Memories Forever Gift Shop in Bomoseen, Vermont. Chiccarelli’s “trompel’oeil” hand-crafted products have to be seen to be fully understood. Interested persons, she advises, should “come in and check out the keys on an old chair or the book on the slant desk. It’s Owner and fun to find the hidden surprises. “You will find my special way of painting on furniture, old shutters and ironing boards, sap buckets, just about anything that catches my eye,” the owner said. Memories Forever Gift Shop is a retail gift shop and artist’s studio, the artist being Ms. Chiccarelli. Founded in 2009, its main product is “country home décor and gifts.” Additional products and services include “custom painting.” New items include name signs on a crackle base, framed; hand painted wall décor, coasters, magnets, and products made from Vermont slate. Gift-giving inspired Chiccarelli to start her business. “When I give a gift, I always want it to be extra special, unique. People appreciate the extra thoughtfulness. Now I enjoy helping others find that special gift.” Chiccarelli announced that her business had moved to a new location on Route 30, next to 21Bird Real Estate. “My new location is bigger and brighter,” she

Artist Ellie Chiccarelli said, “with more room for hand painted furniture and antique items.” As an artist, Chiccarelli stays au courant with the area art world, participating in such craft shows as LARAC in Glens Falls, New York and Art-in-thePark in Vermont. As a businesswoman, she not only runs her shop but also an internet business on the web at Chiccarelli says she is most proud of the community support that has helped establish the success of her business. “When someone buys a wedding gift and comes back to tell how much the couple loved it, believe me, that makes my day. This shop is only possible with help from my family and friends. To them, I am truly grateful.” Besides sorting out all those things that “trick the eye,” another reason for patronizing Memories Forever Gift Shop, she said, were the “attractive gifts” offered at “competitive prices,” and the “one of a kind painted items found no where else.”

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Great food, fun and atmostphere O’Callahan’s Pub & Grill is located on 22 Main St. in Granville. The staff at O’Callahan’s provides high-quality food and a great ambiance at surprisingly reasonable prices. There is a warm burgundy decor and a friendly Irish atmosphere in this small, intimate setting. The appetizers and chef ’s specials, along with the homemade soups are the best in the area. The spot also offers some of the finest dinners, including NY strip steak, chicken parmesan, crab florentine pasta and Chef Fred Williams’

famous chicken confetti pasta. There is a large selection of premium draft beers and wines. Staff invites locals to come and enjoy a nice evening out at O’Callahan’s. Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Happy Hour and early bird dinners are every night from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit or join them on Facebook and be a fan. For more information call 518-642-0200.

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“We fix it right the first time and at a good price,” declare Dan McMurry and Rich Moss, owners of R & D Automotive Inc. in Castleton, Vermont. A love for old cars inspired Moss and McMurry. They started up R&D eight years ago in 2005, and they still take the same “great pride in the fact that our employees fix cars properly on their first visit to the shop.”

R&D offers automotive repairs on all makes and models, as well as towing and tire sales. The partners describe R&D as a “one-stop shop for getting your ‘grocery getter’ back into tip-top shape.” Employing six, R&D Automotive is centrally located between Rutland and Fair Haven to provide all mechanical repairs on your car. To contact R&D Automotive, call 802-468-5268.

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The Liquor Stop

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Brienne, Michael and Kailyn. Missing Debi and Linda

Supporting local wineries The Liquor Stop, conveniently located in the Price Chopper Plaza, Granville, celebrates its 15th year. Dedicated to supporting local wineries, such as Slyboro Cider House and Adirondack Winery of Lake George, The Liquor Stop carries a various selection of both. Besides local wines, the shop carries a selection of international brands, from red to white and dry to sweet. The hot trend currently is sweeter wines like Moscato, including Pink and Red varieties, which are also offered as sparkling wines. On case purchases of wine (mix and match), the shop offers a 10 percent discount. The owners urge area residents to stop in to inquire about getting a wine club card. Among The Liquor Stop’s liquors, the most popular items currently are flavored vodkas. Pinnacle is one such brand, and the shop carries a wide selection of flavors, including Whipped Cream, Cookie Dough, Cotton Candy, and Gummy, a Swedish fish-flavored item. Another new trend this year is

flavored Moonshine, which comes bottled in mason jars. Junior Johnsons Apple Pie is the most popular at the store right now. But the store also carries others, such as Cherry and Blackberry, a concoction which actually contains Moonshine-soaked fruit in the bottles. The Liquor Stop provides personalized and friendly service. If one cannot find an item, staff members will certainly do their best to get it for you, whether it is one bottle or a whole case. The Liquor Stop provides free gift wrapping for any special occasion. The Liquor Stop Spokesperson urged area residents to “stop by The Liquor Stop today and say ‘Hello’ to our friendly staff: Kailyn, Brienne, Debi, Linda and Michael.” For further information on types of wines or liquors, stop by during business hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9a.m. to 9p.m., or call The Liquor Stop at 518-642-9262.

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Precision Auto Body is located on Main Street in Castleton

Always going the extra mile Precision Auto Body is located at 1529 Main Street in Castleton, Vermont. Precision Auto Body is owned and operated by Steve Betit and his wife Barbara. They have lived locally for many years and take pride in their community. Steve has more than 30 years of experience and craftsmanship in the auto body repair business; his experienced staff also has more than 25 years of combined experience. Precision Auto Body is a full service repair shop, providing all types of collision repair work, big or small, including frame straightening, glass installation and detailing. Precision Auto Body works with all major insurance companies and will work with customers and their insurance company to make their experience a smooth and a positive one from start to

finish. Steve said he and his staff take great pride in their work and “go the extra mile to assure that your vehicle is repaired to its original standards.” Estimates are always free and do not require an appointment. Computerized estimates provide one with a more accurate estimate of the vehicle damage so that Precision Auto Body can repair any vehicle to pre-accident condition. Digital photos of the vehicle damage are taken and can be electronically sent with the complete repair estimate to the insurance company, thus accelerating the repair process. Steve, “Barb,” and the entire staff look forward to providing you with quality, reliable auto body service. Feel free to stop by or you can reach us at 802-468-0327 or by email at

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Barlow Electric

DeBonis, Wright & Carris, P.C.

Getting things done right Barlow Electric wants to be the only place in the area consumers need to go for electrical work, not just the immediate area. Barlow’s wings span all the way to Rutland and even Albany. But its priorities lie right here in Granville. “It’s where we grew up,” said co-owner Wes Barlow of himself and his wife, Laura. “We knew we wanted to raise a family and start our own business. I always wanted to own my own business and really enjoyed doing electrical work.” The Barlows have been living their dream since 2003, and they want to remind everybody about all the wonderful services Barlow Electric offers. “We offer a complete line of electrical service, residential and commercial,” Barlow said. “We install standby generators, whole house music systems, surround sound, intercom and camera systems, service upgrades, and a variety of

other things.” The Barlows are very proud of and confident in the people that work at Barlow Electric. “Our employees are hard-working guys,” Wes Barlow said. “It’s nice to have workers you can leave on a job and know the job will get done and right.” He added that the company is always adding new products and services and emphasized that Barlow Electric is fully insured and reasonably priced. The business is also involved in the community and helps sponsoring area services such as the senior shuttle to the Pember Library and local churches. The Barlows also patronize local businesses. “It’s always good to see your community help a local business,” Barlow said. Barlow Electric is located at 46 Gillespie Road in Middle Granville. The phone number is (518) 642-3292.

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Front (l-r) Meg Jones, Kim Ayers and Rebecca Ivanovs. Back (l-r) Joann Higgins, Tracy Carris, Joe DeBonis, Cristen Zekus. Missing from photo David Carpenter.

Experienced, full-service law firm The law firm of DeBonis, Wright and Carris, P .C. is located at 226 Main Street, in Poultney. In 1969, Joseph A. DeBonis founded the firm, and for the past 40 years it 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 now a partner; David G. Carpenter became associated with the firm in March of 2013. DeBonis, Wright and Carris, P.C. is a full-service law firm offering services in varying fields of law, from real estate, estate planning, litigation, family law and corporations. Joseph A. DeBonis is a 1961 graduate of Poultney High School and a 1965 graduate of the University of Vermont. In 1968, he received his L.L.B. from Maine’s University Law School. He was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1968, as well as before the U.S. District Court of Vermont. He is a former attorney member of the Vermont Real Estate Commission, and adjunct professor of real estate at Castleton State College; a course instructor for the Graduate Realtor Institute, and a consultant to the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J. He is currently a member of the Vermont Bar Association, and member and past president of the Rutland County Bar Association. His areas of practice include residential and commercial real estate, business organization, wills, probate, estate planning and administrative proceedings. William “Tracy” Carris grew up in Clarendon and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in Rutland. He then attended the University of Vermont and Florida Atlantic University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He went on to Tulane Law School in New

Orleans to earn his Juris Doctorate in 2001. Following law school, he worked as an attorney for the state of Florida in the Sixteenth Circuit Public Defender’s Office. He then worked in real estate development in Roatan, Honduras. Tracy’s areas of concentration are real estate, estate planning, litigation, family law and corporations. David G. Carpenter, an experienced land use, environmental and corporate practitioner, joined the firm in March, 2013, after holding the position of Associate General Counsel at Casella Waste Management Systems, Inc. for five years. He is licensed in Vermont, New York and Massachusetts, and provides the firm with a strong transactional and environmental background, regulatory and litigation experience, and the ability to expand the firm’s practice across the border into New York State. Since joining the firm, in addition to his real estate, litigation matters, and commercial matters, he has taken on several family and Probate Court cases as well. David is a Penn State graduate and received his Juris Doctor and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 1997, graduating magna cum laude. He and his family reside in Orwell with several dogs, cats, horses and chickens. He is a fire fighter on the Orwell Volunteer Fire Department, coaches 7-8 grade soccer for the BensonOrwell Coyotes and is an avid obstacle racing, soccer and mountain biking enthusiast. The firm’s support staff includes Margaret Jones, legal assistant and title abstractor; Joann Higgins, legal assistant and billing and accounting clerk; and legal assistants Rebecca Ivanovs, Cristen Zekus and Kimberly Ayers.


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Indian River Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is located in Granville, N.Y.

Caring, compassion, respect … come see the Indian River difference Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a short-term, subacute rehabilitation center, featuring physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as a long-term skilled nursing facility. The facility offers 24-hour skilled nursing care in private and semi-private room accommodations to provide the utmost comfort during treatment. Indian River also provides specialized treatment in IV antibiotic therapy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and wound care, including wound VAC management, to those in need in the community. Hands-on individualized treatment in a home-like, supportive atmosphere is provided at the recently renovated facility, located at 17 Madison St. in Granville. To increase comfort and privacy for those requiring rehabilitation, Indian River has set aside additional private rooms offered whenever available. A spokesperson said, “Our staff is very caring, considerate and passionate about the care we provide. We provide personalized, motivating, short-term rehabilitation treatments to residents with the ultimate goal of safely returning the residents back to their own homes.” Indian River has a specialized, hands-on, short-term rehabilitation department, which in 2009 underwent extensive renovations to meet the community’s growing needs. The rehabilitation unit offers 40 beds devoted to short-term rehabilitation services for those needing such services after surgery or illness, and the unit also has sixteen private rooms. Indian River Rehabilitation provides physician services, transportation to doctor visits and dialysis treatments at Glens Falls

Hospital and the Rubin Center in Saratoga; dietary expertise, social services and daily activities; beauty/barber shop, housekeeping and laundry and grounds maintenance. Indian River has enhanced the short-term rehab unit’s dining experience by providing a restaurant-style buffet to give residents additional choices and more temperaturecontrolled food of the highest quality. The main dining area is also undergoing renovations for a modern and comfortable setting. The Therapy Department provides PT, OT, and ST Vital Stim therapy, with the goal of optimizing a resident’s independence to return home after surgery or an illness. Indian River has the expertise of a medical director, N.P., and a team of doctors on its medical board. Physicians overseeing Indian River’s medical care are the medical director, Dr. Jennifer Hayes, Dr. Nawed Siddiqui and Dr. Sean Kimball; physician’s assistant Madeline Doane, and new to the team, nurse practitioner Susan Sperry. Susan specializes in wound care and “is a great addition to the team,” the spokesperson said. “Our staff prides itself on providing a home-like, supportive atmosphere with the development of good relationships with residents and families. Indian River is continuously researching all current and future opportunities and advancements to meet the growing needs of the community,” the spokesperson concluded. To inquire about Indian River’s full array of services or request a personal tour of the facility, call 518-642-2710 or visit the website at www. to take an online virtual tour.

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Toad Hall Bed & Breakfast A magical retreat Tucked away, less than a mile down Endless Brook Road, in Poultney, stands Toad Hall Bed & Breakfast. “Toad Hall recreates the magic of Kenneth Graham’s English fairy tale, “The Wind in The Willows,” explained Ruby Kilimonis, who owns the quaint Inn with her husband, Jim. “It’s a woodland setting with the meandering Endless Brook, a natural gorge, spring ponds, gardens and trails along side of Mt. Saint Catherine, all of which border Green Mountain College’s Innkeepers Jim and Ruby Kilimonis with Liza Deane Nature Preserve,” he Minelli Tuscan baked eggs and perfect popovers. added. Toad Hall is conveniently located five You can even raid the refrigerator at miles from Green Mountain College and midnight for some home baked cookies, one mile from Lake Saint Catherine and milk that is fresh from Green State Park and Lake Saint Catherine Mountain College’s Farm Program,” added Kilimonis. Golf Course. For those who are looking for more The atmosphere is relaxing. Chances are, you will be greeted by “Liza adventure than relaxation, the couple’s Minnelli” the amiable border terrier active background can make for an exciting outdoor experience. Kilmonis who calls Toad Hall home. “Guests can choose from one of three explains, “I was an art therapist and trip rooms, each with a private bath: The coordinator for inner city youth, and King Room, The Twins Room and a Jim was formerly a swimming pool conhandicapped-accessible Suite,” said tractor and ice hockey coach, who now Kilimonis. “They can warm up by the teaches skiing at Killington Mountain fireplace, cool off in the swimming pond, Resort. We are equipped to help you or curl up with books, music and movies enjoy the outdoors, be it snow-shooing, kayaking, biking or horseback riding,” from the library.” “The country atmosphere extends to she said. Ruby, Jim and “Liza M.” invite you to the dining table. For breakfast, we grind our coffee beans and squeeze our orang- “come and celebrate the Vermont es. Pastries, vegetarian dishes and Countryside.” They can be reached at smoke house treats round off your meal. 802-287-4455, or visit www.toadhalvt. Favorites include lemon curd yogurt, com.

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Lakes Region Laundromat

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Not your grandmother's Laundromat Go-to source for home improvement Admit it, no one likes to do laundry. But Lakes Region Laundromat can make the laundering experience a little less painful and save you time and money. Lakes R e g i o n Lakes Region Laundromat is located on Route 30. Laundromat is Two 50-pound dryers at the rate of 25 located on Route 30 cents for four minutes and 14 30-pound just north of Castleton Corners. This family owned and operated dryers at a rate of six minutes for 25 Laundromat business was built in 2003 cents. By doing an average-sized load in from the ground up by the Mulholland a 20-pound front load machine, one can family, comprising Bill and Kevin wash and dry in less than an hour. Ms. Harvey said, “We offer many of Mulholland and Allison Harvey. She said, “We saw a need for a clean, easily the amenities of home, such as a clean accessible and well-run laundry facility restroom, snack and soda vending to accommodate the Castleton commu- machines, daily newspaper for reading, nity and surrounding areas. The busi- cable television, wireless Internet, and ness is now operated solely by Allison soap supplies. We’re air conditioned in Harvey, her husband, Phil, and their the summer months and have a large children Dakota and Trent. (Dad Bill basin sink. Our water is softened, which makes your soap work more efficiently recently retired and moved to Maine.) Ms. Harvey said, “Our facility is and hot water is instantly available to brightly lit with modern, energy effi- our machines. "Our convenient Castleton Corners cient equipment. We offer washing machines in four sizes: Three of the tra- location gives you easy access to other ditional top loaders, which take about 45 nearby retail offerings – all within walkminutes per load; six 20-pound front ing distance. “As a family-run business, we take loaders, which average about 23 minutes per load; four 30-pound front loaders, pride in our clean, modern reasonably averaging 25 minutes per load: and three priced and dependable service. "We care about the environment you 50-pound front loaders, for large family loads or king-size comforters or quilts, are in while doing your laundry and which average about 30 minutes per cleanliness is our priority. Any questions, comments or concerns, please call load.” Of course Lakes Region has dryers: (802) 671-8025,” Ms. Harvey said.

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For over 50 years Gilmore Home Center has been the “go-to” source in the Rutland and Lakes Region for home improvement projects – from new construction, makeover kitchens and lake property enhancements. So what’s new at Gilmore’s this year? For starters, Michael Krohn is the newest member of the kitchen department at Collaborations Design Center. Passionate about kitchen design, Krohn has more than twenty years of experience in the design and cabinet making industry. He has been a designer and cabinetmaker in the Rutland community for the last ten years, with extensive experience working with homeowners, contractors and builders both locally and in other states. His cabinet-making experience allows him to understand the necessary components to make a design work well with some of the challenges that can arise. He lives in West Rutland with his wife, Kimberly, and daughters, Elizabeth and Rebekah. “So if you’re dreaming of a new kitchen, bring your dreams to Michael and let him do his magic!” Gilmore Home Center declared. The home center specialists also stressed that a kitchen makeover is one of the best investments you can make in the value of your home, whether you are planning to renovate and sell, or sit tight for the long haul. And at Collaborations Design Center, they always do the design for free. They can take you from a vague idea, sketch on a napkin or picture in a magazine to the kitchen of your dreams — simply, painlessly and affordably. Step into their wonderland of showroom kitchens, where you can view cabinet samples and hardware, fixtures and flooring, counter tops, kitchen accessories, kitchen sinks and faucets, windows and doors, wood and laminate floors, ceramic tile, closet systems and window

Michael Krohn is the newest member of the Collaborations Kitchen Design Team. treatments. They even make house calls — they’ll bring their 3D design program to your home, complete the measurements, take you through the enormous range of options, and show you right onscreen what your new kitchen will look like. Collaborations Design Center is the place to create the kitchen of your dreams. You do the dreaming and we’ll do the design – for free. So what else is new for 2013? Gilmore’s now offers Rubber Roofing, Insulated Concrete Forms, Ideal Patio Pavers, and windows from Lepage Millwork. Lepage provides high quality windows and doors, crafted to meet your needs, without the designer price tag. Whether your project is large or small, the Home Team at Gilmore’s can help you get in, get answers, and get busy! Like us on Facebook at gilmoreHC or visit us at http://www. lp.shtml.

C.H. Nelson Agency A full-service insurance agency C. H. Nelson Agency, at 19 W. Main St. in Granville, N.Y., is licensed to provide insurance in both New York and Vermont. A full-service agency, C.H. Nelson offers personal insurance for homeowners, automobiles, renters, boats, umbrella, flood and identity theft protection, to name a few of its policies. Commercial insurance is available for business owners, contractors and farm owners. C.H. Nelson takes pride in

the personal service and competitive rates it is able to provide its clients. C.H. Nelson Agency provides prompt attention to inquiries, dependable customer service and convenience. We’re local and close to your home. This marks our 97th year in the insurance business and our 33rd year at our Granville location. Our experienced staff is eager to be of assistance. We can be reached at 518-642-2747 or 802-645-0270.

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Get away close to home It’s the same – only different. It’s still the familiar country red Panorama Motel – high on its Route 22A hillside and looking out on the changing seasons, as they constantly renew the beauty of New York fields and Vermont hillsides. Still it’s a different Panorama Motel than we came to over a decade ago. It’s a little more modern, with its sliding doors enhancing the scenic mountain views, a little more privacy for the patio with each room, and amenities to help you enjoy your time away from it all. We hope, through our ten years, we have made the Panorama Motel a bit more special for each of the guests we welcome here, however long or brief their stay. Besides being a local getaway, the Panorama’s proximity to Green Mountain College and to Castleton State College, both in Vermont, and the yearround attraction of outdoor events in the Lakes Region, such as snowmobiling, fishing, boating and golfing, brings visitors from up and down the East Coast. “Guests tell us that they stay – and they keep coming back – because our rooms are truly spacious and full of little extras that set the Panorama apart.” All of the Panorama’s rooms have flat-screen TVs, free wireless Internet access, in-room refrigerators, microwaves, coffee and tea and VCR/DVD players, with access to a wide selection of choices in the video library. We’ve had travelers tell us their room was the cleanest and most comfortable they’d found on their trip. Even workmen have said it was the nicest place they’d stayed in years on the road. Many of our guests rave about the beautiful view and we enjoy telling them that it was our biggest reason for coming here ourselves. It was also the motivation for installing the new large, sliding glass doors so that the view could be enjoyed from inside or out on each room’s private patio.” “We really do have the secret of a weekend escape that’s truly restful. You’re only minutes away from friends and family, but it’s a world apart, and we try to keep it within most budgets. We’ve

had guests come from all over the world, including ones recently from Australia and Sweden, but many are local folks who just need a break from the daily routine without breaking the bank. It’s a great way to recharge your batteries. Most rooms have a nearly 360-degree view of the mountains and the seasons in the New York and Vermont countryside — in every season, there’s a new reason to enjoy a stay here.” Room rates, of course, are not what they used to be, but neither is the price of hamburger. Still our rates have not increased in about five years so that we feel like we’re holding on as well as we can and we’re a pretty good deal right now. At $59-plus tax for a single room and $79-plus tax for a double room, with a $5 discount for seniors (60 or over) a night at the Panorama Motel is a great stop for business or pleasure . It’s also a wonderful place for relatives and friends returning to the area briefly or visiting for a few days. They will thank you forever. Reserve a room today for any occasion at (518) 282-9648 or (800) 423-9648 — “The view’s the thing!” These are the thoughts of Peter and Roxann Flynn as they begin a second decade of ownership and operation of the Panorama Motel in Hampton. It’s been an eventful ten years serving the Granville, Poultney, Fair Haven and Whitehall areas by providing welcome comfort year-round to visitors to the Slate Valley and the Lakes Region and a convenient respite from daily cares for local guests just needing a break. As the closest motel to Green Mountain College in Poultney –it’s just a mile away – we feel obligated to be here for visiting parents, students, alumni, entertainment groups and others. But we are also here for friends, family and guests of our neighbors having reunions, birthdays, graduations and life celebrations. We have taken care of visiting work crews, emergency and otherwise, displaced individuals and families from fire and storms and vacationing families and groups here to enjoy the lakes, golf and scenic beauty of the region. We’ve had a great decade and we look forward to another wonderful ten years.

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“Liberty Discount Beverage and Deli’s name says it all,” Owner Steve Wolk said, adding that “a great dose of customer service” is what makes a business successful. “We try to serve everyone to their expectations,” he said. “If there is something they would like, all they have to do is ask. We will do our best to fit their needs. I’m proud that everyone likes to come in and shop whether it’s price or hometown service.” The deli is very busy, Wolk reported. Monday through Friday, from 11:30 on, customers will find daily specials, such as chicken and biscuits, Sheppard’s pie, burgers, calzones, turkey dinners and roast beef dinners. Subs are always available, with cabbage, lettuce or spinach. And of course there is pizza. A 20-inch large cheese pizza, regularly $12, is $10 on Fridays. Liberty Discount Beverage also sells fresh hamburger, steaks, chicken , pork, and cold meats, all fresh and reasonably priced. Hormel Ham is $2.19 per pound; McKenzie Black Forest Ham is $5.49 per pound, and Land O’Lakes cheese is $3.99 per pound. Liberty offers a very reasonably priced cup of coffee: a small is 50 cents and a large is 75 cents. And coffee goes well with in store baked goods. Liberty Discount Beverage and Deli is also a Vermont Liquor Outlet, offering a huge selection of liquor, wine and beer. There are more than 300 selections of wine, along with a “great selection of craft beers,” Wolk said. If you don’t see

(l-r) April, Bella, Andrew and Steve Wolk your brand, simply ask. Steve and Dawn will do their best to bring your selection in, Wolk stressed. Customers will also get a good “kick back” when returning their bottles. The store offers a six-cent return with driveup bottle redemption Steve Wolk purchased the store in 2000. He now runs the store with sixteen employees and his family: his wife April; son Andrew, and daughter Bella. Plans for 2013 include continuing the expansion of the store “to add even more variety to better serve our customers,” Wolk said. Steve, staff and family encourage everyone to “Buy Local” and “support your local businesses for a strong local economy.” Liberty Discount Beverage is centrally located at 7 Liberty Street in Fair Haven, Vermont, with ample parking or call 802-265-3820.

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LiHigh School Cooking up a revolution While children in July probably are playing behind the Poultney elementary school, little do they and other village residents know that three private educators are planning the next step in an “educational revolution.” The trio meet either in the historic train station on Depot Street or in a rented classroom inside the Poultney Small Business Center. The goal is to enroll middle and high school students in LiHigh School’s social-entrepreneur program. It’s a tall order when one considers that LiHigh’s social-entrepreneur program is actually three programs in one: an entrepreneurial business program; a therapeutic program; and a culinary institute. Greg Rosenthal, the school’s co- (l-r) Zohara, founder and director recently took a stab at explaining it all: “It’s all about passion and student ownership,” Rosenthal said. “If students and staff are passionate about what they’re doing, then everyone is engaged, and everything just falls into place.” For example, Rosenthal has recently been poring over blueprints to make sure the brand new culinary institute inside the train station will have classrooms intimate yet spacious. The classrooms need to be intimate to accommodate those students in the therapeutic program participating in the culinary institute. These students will require one-on-one instruction, Rosenthal explained. Zohara Zarfati adds that the new culinary institute “gives students in our therapeutic program an opportunity to strengthen their sense of responsibility, to have meaningful social interactions, and to develop their skills in the kitchen.” Zarfati, LiHigh School’s co-director and special educator, said the culinary institute was a “hands-on” activity that students in the therapeutic program positively respond to. Rosenthal quickly added, “They’ll be seeing how their food goes from seed to plate. And they’ll also learn how to build networks by meeting with farmers and other local producers.” Rosenthal and Zarfati having described the culinary institute and the therapeutic program, they left explanation of the umbrella program, the social-

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Greg and Kyle entrepreneur program, to Kyle Callahan: “The social-entrepreneur program,” Callahan said, “gives students authentic learning experiences and the skills to make their communities a better place.” Along with using projects and internships to learn history, mathematics and science, social-entrepreneur students will develop business plans around community-improvement ideas that they have thought up themselves. The students also learn to connect with mentors and resources to make their ideas a reality. “In the economy of the future,” Callahan said, “success will come to those who build a sustainable business around their passions.” And that is where the brand new culinary institute ties together the three strands of LiHigh’s ambitious educational goals. For all kinds of students --therapeutic, social-entrepreneur, middle or high school students --- the culinary institute gives each student “a real model to play with,” Rosenthal said. The social-entrepreneurial students will be the business managers of the program, responsible for marketing, programming and accounting, while therapeutic students will focus, as Zarfati indicated, on kitchen responsibilities. The plans are so busy and complex that Rosenthal, Zarfati and Callahan admit that they all start talking at once whenever they sit at their long planning table. The main goal is “We need to keep them engaged,” Zarfati said.



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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 Performance Plastics in Granville, research and development are ongoing while the firm continues to turn out foam tapes and other products 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 foam tapes 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 glass clad buildings like the Freedom Tower in NYC, SolarBond® Frame Tape seals the perimeter of photovoltaic sole modules and Korel® thin foams used as a 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 us 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 Performance Plastics Foam division and relocated to the Granville facility, where the innovation continues. For more information visit them at

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Station House Bed & Breakfast

Poulos Insurance Regional yet local

Owners Wayne and Mickey Shaw

A home away from home “A home away from home,” the Station House Bed and Breakfast has now joined Facebook and added a fifth bedroom, its owners announced. More than 100 years old, the Station House is located right in the heart of the slate capital of the world, Granville. 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 2005 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. (Michelle thanks all those who attended that autumn event.) Addition of the fifth room means that The Station House “has been completely renovated from front to back,” the Shaws said. “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 to such Granville sights as the Pember

Museum of Natural History and the Slate Valley Museum, and “the beautiful Mettowee River” itself, they said. 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, 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. Michelle and Wayne Shaw can be reached at 518-955-0771 or 518-642-1276 or visit them at

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A New England insurance agency, primarily serving New Hampshire and Vermont, Poulos Insurance is nevertheless a local agency, too, since the company is based in P o u l t n e y, Vermont. Several years ago Vanessa DuVal and J e n n i f e r Makepeace “introduced” themselves from their Poultney office. Their websites (l-r) Jennifer Makepeace, Ray Prescott and Vanessa DuVal still show that they helm the shop.” The agents recalled writing up Poultney agency, founded in 1919, and two auto policies. The first policy saved which now has “the buying power of 12 the client $800; the second policy saved offices,” the agents stressed. the client a $1,000. Poulos was able to do Each year in the Lakes Region Our this because its twelve offices “enable us Town local businesses update readers on to have many markets,” the agents new accomplishments, new goals. This explained. year Makepeace and Duval reported that Persons interested in obtaining insurthis was the principal accomplishment ance from a “one stop shop” should call of Poulos: Poulos Insurance at 802-287-2324 or drop “We represent many quality compa- by Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. nies offering a full range of insurance to 4:30 p.m. products to meet your needs. Our focus Vanessa DuVal can be e-mailed at is on protecting you and your assets.”; Jennifer Poulos offers insurance in the areas Makepeace at Jmakepeace@poulosinof personal coverage, commercial health; and you can e-mail a third, and life insurance. Another benefit the new agent at rprescott@poulosinsuragency offers is that it is a “one-stop

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Hubbardton Forge

Vermont Vapor Inc.

Linda Barber, Adam Tredwell and Samantha Torralba

Helping your health

Cirque chandelier

Design leader in lighting industry Since Hubbardton Forge in Castleton, Vermont “hand forges raw steel,” and since that means fire, it’s best to visit their website to discover an area retail location, where you can purchase its chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, floor and table lamps, exterior lighting and other decorative lighting products. According to Cathy Miglorie, public relations and marketing manager, “Hubbardton Forge is a design leader in the lighting industry, and is one of a few lighting manufacturers who still produce their products in the USA. “By designing and manufacturing here in Vermont, Hubbardton Forge easily manages resources, upholds its commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing, and offers better and faster custom capabilities than our competitors," Miglore said. Bob Dillon is chief executive officer of Hubbardton Forge, which currently is expanding its business line to include LED lighting fixtures. A new finish has also been added to product offerings --vintage platinum. “This finish has a vintage-aged chrome look, which has the combination of character and depth that we felt met the requirements of our brand while satisfying those looking for that bright finish aesthetic,” Miglorie explained. Miglorie recalled that the history of Hubbardton Forge began in 1974 in a small Vermont barn, where “two young

men” revived the nearly forgotten craft of hand-forging raw steel. Legend has it that the first job undertaken by the two young blacksmiths was repairing Castleton’s steel plow. The barn was the site for the business, since Founder George Chandler had ties to the lakes region. The barn was a relative’s. As the business grew, the two young men worked the craft show circuit and then went on to sell their designs to retail shops and lighting showrooms. By 1990, Hubbardton Forge’s distinctive designs were found in stores throughout New England. In 1996, Hubbardton Forge opened its first Dallas Showroom at the Dallas Market Center. Sales grew rapidly due to increased visibility, and by 2003 Hubbardton showrooms could be found in all fifty states in the U.S. and throughout Canada. The multi-million dollar business now employs 210 workers producing thousands of lighting fixtures annually for distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada. Uniquely, Hubbardton Forge is one of the few lighting manufacturers who still produce products in the USA. And by designing and manufacturing right here in Vermont, Hubbardton Forge not only manages local resources, but also upholds its commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing, thus offering “better and faster custom capabilities than our competitors,” Miglorie said.

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Adam Tredwell, owner of Vermont Vapor Inc., is most proud of this fact: his electronic cigarettes and Vermont-made e-liquid “alleviate tar and 4,000-plus chemicals.” Located at 1323 Route 4A in Castleton, Vermont, Vermont Vapor Inc. was formed in 2009 by Tredwell, a “long-time smoker who was able to get off cigarettes using an electronic cigarette.” “At that time,” Tredwell explained, “there was only one company in the USA that manufactured e-liquid. The rest was (and still is) coming in from China. We feel users should know what’s in the liquid they’re using in their e-cigs.” Vermont Vapor Inc. sells Vermontmade e-liquid for its electronic cigarettes, along with e-cigarette accessories, soda, coffee, and free Wi-Fi in Vermont Vapor’s exclusive “vapers’ (sic) café.” A café is a cute idea, but quitting cigarettes is serious. Tredwell sounds equally serious about the unique purpose of his business, getting smokers off of cigarettes: “We source all our e-liquid ingredients from US companies. We are the only store locally that is strictly an

e-cig/e-liquid store. We don’t sell tobacco or tobacco products. When we initially opened the retail store in 2010, there was no place in New England or in New York to physically go to buy e-cigarettes and e-liquid.” Tredwell said his retail store had moved from its former Castleton Corners location on July 1 of this year. “Our manufacturing and other offices will also be moved by summer’s end,” he added. Since quitting cigarettes is such a serious matter, Tredwell quickly pointed out that “We were the first manufacturer to produce an e-liquid completely free of propylene glycol, a petroleum derivative that causes allergic reaction in a percentage of the population. We were also the first to disclose our ingredients and to package e-liquid in child-resistant bottles,” Tredwell said. Tredwell describes his new location as a “great location, large enough to “accommodate the retail store, order fulfillment, warehousing and manufacturing.” Assisting Tredwell in his alternative to cigarette smoking are employees Linda Barker and Samantha Torralba.

The Hopson House Stay in a home of history The “History of Poultney,” printed in 1875, refers to the Hopson House, the former residence of the Rev. Oliver Hopson, as “his well remembered hospitable house between the two villages.” This gambrel roof home, built in 1785 for Dr. Jonas Safford, was the residence of the Rev. Hopson from 1847 to 1865. Located on Route 140 between Poultney and the East Poultney green, Innkeepers Ed and Nancy McHale the Hopson House’s reputation of hospitality relax in our library stocked with a varcontinues and visitors are welcome. ied selection of literature and DVDs. Recently restored as a small bed and Guests are encouraged to visit the vilbreakfast, we offer private baths and lages of Poultney and East Poultney, rooms furnished with carefully selected both rich in history. East Poultney is antiques. Your day will begin with a full best known as the early home of Horace Vermont breakfast selected from a Greeley, and the birthplace of George diverse menu and served in our country Jones, founder of The New York Times. kitchen or on our brick patio --weather Call (802) 287-9038. permitting. After breakfast, you may

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Castleton Health Center Pharmacy

Dan Turco & Sons

(l-r) Kathy, Darren, Louise, Joe, Bruce, Diane and Andrew

Oldest Yamaha dealership in Vermont Owner Jason Smith and his staff are ready to meet your needs

Saving customers money Jason Smith, the owner of Castleton Health Center Pharmacy, believes that his local business can serve customers better than national mail order chains. “In pharmacy, people think that mail order is the best option for them,” he said. But “we are saving many people money by doing business with us.” The retail pharmacy offers discounted prescription drugs to patients of the health center and those of two other community health centers of the Rutland region. “We thought there was a need to provide a service to the patients of the health center, as well as to our friends and neighbors in the whole community,” he said. The pharmacy, founded in 2008, also has health and beauty aids, lift chairs, and walkers. “No one in the area can or will provide the service that we do,” he said. “Our friends are truly important to the whole staff.” Jason is proud that his business “continues to grow in such tough economic times. We are building relationships in our communities that will last for many years.” Opening the pharmacy “was an opportunity to stay in the field that I love, being involved in at a local level,” Jason said. “I have worked in pharmacy for 19 years, and truly enjoy the business.”

An indirect benefit of doing business with the pharmacy is that “we are locally owned and we support local businesses and community events.” Castleton Health Center Pharmacy is open to the public, and everyone is welcome, even if they are not patients of the Health Center. This is an excellent chance to sample their outstanding customer services. The pharmacy is Medicare-approved for medical equipment and supplies, and is also Vermont Medicaid-approved. If your insurance covers the item, there is no cost to you. The pharmacy can now bill most insurance plans. If your insurance plan covers medical equipment, we can almost certainly bill it. We are a participating supplier with thousands of HME PPO insurance plans through the Multiplan, IHP/PHCS and Beech Street insurance networks. “You trust us with your medications,” Smith said, “and you can also trust us to provide excellent and personalized service when you need diabetic supplies, orthotics, mobility aids, bath safety aids, nebulizers, hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Castleton Health Center Pharmacy is located at 275 Route 30 North, and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 802-468-5800.

Edwards Liquor Warehouse We look forward to serving you Shena Carty, of Edwards Liquor Warehouse, located at 11A West Main St., Granville, N.Y., is a Jamaican native who came to the United States at the age of fifteen with her mother, two sisters, Princess and Tamika, and brother, Leonardo. She attended Prospect Heights High school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then attended college in Poultney, Vt., where she earned a B.A. in behavioral sciences. “I lived in Poultney for a few years after I graduated because I fell in love with the area, and felt it was a safe place to raise a family,” she said. “I’ve always played with the idea of opening a business. Being that I love to cook, I always thought it would be a restaurant. I worked at Ma & Pa’s Place for seven years before I went to be the assistant manager at the local Rite Aid Pharmacy.” “I love knowing that we are able to help others have a good time and also

that Edwards Liquor Warehouse will be a part of the memory they create and will share with their family and friends. When a customer walks into the liquor store, you know they’re planning a great time! The store has grown quickly thanks to my customers. There are discounts for seniors 62 and up, correction officers, the military, law enforcement personnel and firefighters. Stop in and visit with us,” Shena said. “I love being a part of the community and look forward to spending time with you for many years to come.” Edwards Liquor Warehouse is located at the old Edwards Supermarket at 11A West Main St., Granville, New York and the phone number is 518-642-1111. Check the ad in this edition for hours and days of operations. Edwards Liquor Warehouse is open during all holidays!

The oldest Yamaha dealership in Vermont is now owned and operated by the second generation of the Turco family. In 1970, Dan and Shirley Turco founded a small motorcycle sales company that has grown in the last 43 years, both in terms of product and family employees. Diana, Bruce and Joseph Turco, daughter and sons of Dan and Shirley, operate the business as Dan Turco & Sons “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you" (Luke 6:31) is still the belief practiced by all personnel, and it is that philosophy which the Turco’s cite as the secret of their success. Similarly, the Turco family happily supports local community schools,

sports events, fundraisers, as well as being a major part of frequent motorcycle fundraising events. On the technical side, the Turco’s proudly announce that long-time power sports enthusiast Darren Babin has joined the technical staff. The agency now services and repairs all four major power sport products, and is the dealer not only for Yamaha but also Bennche. With years of experience and professionalism to their credit, Dan Turco & Sons is ready to serve all customer needs. The dealership is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturdays. The phone number is 802773-8650 and the website is

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Mountain View Bed & Breakfast

Jerry's Nissan

Jake holding Jack, Jerry with Poppy and John Miglorie

Smaller can be better Innkeepers Lori and Gary Helms

Living the dream Mountain View Bed and Breakfast is a charming country inn located just up Sawmill Hill Road in beautiful Wells, Vermont, and just minutes from Lake St. Catherine. The Inn opened in August of 2010 and has been a dream of the owners for quite some time. Gary and Lori Helms are the Innkeepers and they purchased the property in 2007. “We were awestruck by the charm of the eyebrow cape and the stunning view.” They have made some wonderful changes and additions to the property and decided to complete their dreams and open a bed and breakfast. “I want our guests to feel relaxed and pampered while they are here, and feel refreshed and encouraged when they leave,” said Lori. She loves to bake goodies for her guests to enjoy, and coffee and teas are available 24/7. Gary and Lori work as a team making breakfast for their guests, which consist of a full country breakfast with extras, such as parfaits, eggs Benedict, fresh fruits, home-made artisan breads, and more. Our theme is “A taste of Southern Vermont.” We are in Southern Vermont, and we are southern. For example, southern-style cheese grits and buttermilk biscuits are also available for breakfast. Honeymooners are welcome here as well as pets and families with children. We have a large apartment suite that is ideal for families and honeymooners, as well as couples wanting to get away. We have the Queen room in the main house (cozy and comfy despite its name) with

antiques and a VHS movie collection. Also in the main house is a large King room with overstuffed chairs, TV with direct TV, and a nice view that overlooks the mountains and valley. We also have a fitness room for our guests. The sun room is a nice place to sit and to have a cup of coffee and to enjoy a treat from Lori’s kitchen. Also available is a mini-fridge stocked with complimentary waters, energy drinks, granola JellO’s, yogurts, and energy bars. Guests can sit on one of many benches on the property, or rest on one of our four decks and enjoy the view, or walk through the property and enjoy the goldfish pond and the gardens, or stroll down the picturesque country road. We also have a spacious two-bedroom cottage that is great for families, girlfriend getaways, or you can rent the entire property for two- to three- day conferences, seminars or girlfriend getaways. We also offer Tart baking and Artisan bread baking classes, with a small group or one-on-one. Be an Innkeeper for a day or weekend with us!! Keep checking out our website for updates on what is available. We are open May 15 through late October. If you don’t have enough room to accommodate all your company just send them up on the hill … we’ll be waiting with the lights on, a warm welcome, and a hot cup of tea. Visit us at or call us at 802-325-2829.


Jerry’s Nissan Inc. isn’t the biggest automotive business, but that’s just fine with members of the Miglorie family, who own the business in Rutland. People are surprised at “how ‘small’ we are for an automotive business.” Their size, however, allows for a more intimate experience for their customers who can walk in and deal directly with one of the owners. “Our focus is customer service.” Jerry’s Nissan Inc. is an automotive sales and service business, offering new and preowned cars and trucks, with a full-service and parts department. The Miglorie family bought the business in 1975 and employs a full-time staff of 10. New to the Miglorie family is Jerry "Jack' Miglorie Jr., Jake and Andrea's 11 month old son, and Poppy, Jerry's new 7 year old rescue poodle.

“It’s unusual these days for an automotive business to be family-owned and operated. It’s also rare to focus on only one new car franchise.” “We have some exciting new models from Nissan,” they said. Why would someone patronize their business rather than one farther away? “No ‘high pressure’ sales and outstanding service after the sale.” “Jerry’s Nissan has been around for 38 years and continues to get stronger and better with family value pricing and the best service and parts department in the area.” Jerry’s Nissan is located on Route 7 North in Rutland, and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can be reached at (802) 775-2355.

Vermont Structural Slate Offering custom-made quality products Is a local business ever really local? Not Vermont Structural Slate, which recently announced forming a subsidiary, James River Slate Company, to quarry a gray-black slate in Buckingham County, Virginia. Locally, Vermont Structural Slate continues to produce from our area’s more colorful slate, such products as roofing tiles, wall cladding and countertops. Founded in 1859, Vermont Structural Slate also produces from slate these other three products: window sills, grave markers and fireplaces. According to spokesperson Donna J.

Fortier, Vermont Structural Slate makes a “custom-made product” and a “quality product” from slate quarried from the heartland of the New York-Vermont “slate belt” industry. Still, Fortier spoke with pride about the new quarry and company, James River, which will specialize in Grayson Slate, ranked as one of the finest kinds of slate in the world. But Fortier spoke with equal pride of Vermont Structural and now James River Slate Company’s friendliness and willingness to work with customers to achieve complete satisfaction.

Castleton, Vermont • 802-468-2897

We buy & sell antiques. Also, refinishing & repairs 1½ mi. off Route 30, Hubbardton, VT • Monument Hill Road

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Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge

TD Bank of Granville

Great service and hot new cars

Legendary customer service for more than 150 years

Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge takes pride in its positive growth in three areas: excellent service, knowledgeable staff and customer incentives. Customer service is very important to the 66-yearold Fair Haven dealership. “Our repeat customer rate is twice the national average for Chrysler and Sales consultant Jim Bradt and owner Will Dodge. Missing from Dodge dealers,” photo new sales consultant Lee Whitmore who recently joined said Will Dodge, the staff. dealership owner. “The adage that all dealers pay the Truck Of The Year, the 2013 Dodge Ram same for their vehicles is true; the fact 1500,” Dodge concluded. The dealership owner then added that is, we don’t have a bright, new, shiny facility that customers have to pay for if one needs service, “You’re in great when they purchase a vehicle from us. hands with veteran service manager Jay Our overhead is truly lower, which Muratorri. Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge means the savings to the customer is the does all warranty work for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. With the bottom line,” Dodge said. Continuing his pitch, Dodge said, Chrysler tire works program and their “New incentives and low overhead pric- new, state-of-the-art Hunter wheel-aligning mean great deals. Going on right ment system they can take care of your now is the Summer Clearance Event. tire and suspension needs.” For a quality used vehicle, check out Customers can save big. Contact a sales the display lot on the corners of Main consultant by July 31, 2013. Customers Street and Prospect Street in Fair Haven. will find the two best-selling minivans in America, Town & Country and the Dodge For a preview or at-ease shopping, you Caravan, offer lots of room and style can view the inventory online at www. with all the latest technology. The hot FHCD gives Dodge Charger is now available in all top allowances for quality trades. See wheel drive. And check out the 31 MPG veteran sales consultants Jim Bradt or Chrysler 200 and all new Dodge Dart. Lee Whittmore today and ask about This isn’t your grandma’s Dart The new some of the great prices and incentives. Dart is sleek and proud to boast 40 MPG. “Remember, NY residents,” Dodge “The roomy Dodge Journey crossover admonished, “do not pay Vt. sales tax.” Fair Haven Dodge is open Monday offers the best value in SUVs, while the through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and fuel-efficient Durango sports an all new Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 802redesign. Work hard or play tough? The Dodge Ram trucks will get the job done. 265-4964 or turn off Main Street onto 20 Come in and see the 2013 Motor Trend Liberty St., Fair Haven, Vt.

Although TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., it still works hard to provide personalized service. The bank opens early and stays late, and is even open on weekends. TD Bank’s employees aim to create the best experience for their customers, even offering dog biscuits to their four-legged guests. With deep roots in the community dating Steve Saltis, Jim back more than 150 years, today TD Bank has almost 28,000 employees. The bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to nearly eight million customers through its extensive network of retail locations throughout the Northeast. Active involvement in the community is at the heart of TD Bank’s philosophy. TD Bank and the TD Charitable Foundation have contributed millions of dollars to organizations and communities from Maine to Florida. In addition, TD Bank employees themselves devote countless hours every year to give back to their communities through bank volunteering programs such as the Employee Reading Program and TD Tree Days, along with local community events and organizations. To make sure that kids get the financial skills they need, TD Bank created

Oberg and Peter O'Brien the TD Bank WOW! Zone, a multimedia financial education program. The free workshops are presented in the classroom, with additional resources online to help students in grades K-12 develop strong economic skills. With a staff that is very involved in the community, you’re likely to find employees of the Granville TD Bank office volunteering in local non-profit and civic organizations. Located at 6 Main Street and 100 Quaker Street, the Granville offices are managed by Peter O’Brien, and are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bank can be reached at 518642-1010. Stop in one of our Granville locations to experience TD Bank’s unparalleled and legendary customer service!

Gardens N' Bloom Offering a variety of heirloom plants “A love of plants” became “a long time dream” and that dream became Gardens N’ Bloom, located at 157 Dikeman Road in Hubbardton, Vermont. Owned and operated by Sylvia Demgard and Jane Colvin, the green house business specializes in vegetables, flowers and herbal plants, Demgard said. Hanging baskets and perennials are additional products, and “We have a variety of heirloom plants,” Demgard added. Founded in 1995, Gardens N’ Bloom is located only yards from 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 Hanging baskets are beautiful and easy to keep in perennials not seen at other not so great weather. greenhouses, and all Vermont grown. We also sell Vermontfrom customers on how well the plants grown Christmas trees, and we make have done for them.” wreaths and our own kissing balls.” So satisfied are the partners that The co-proprietor reports that people Demgard reports that they see no need are “surprised to hear how long we have for any expansion, since “We’re happy been in business, and wish that they had the way the business is going.” She adds stopped here before.” The aspect of the that the local business has seen many business Demgard says she and Ms. “first timers this year who have either Colvin are most proud of are their been by the signs or have seen our ad.” “healthy plants and the compliments

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