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Source Physical Therapy

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Source combines best of chiropractic and physical therapy

Primary care the way it should be

People ask, “Why would a doctor want to be both a licensed physical therapist as well as a chiropractic physician?” The answer is because both professions are the best at what they do, and they work so well together. Chiropractors go to college for seven to eight years and are experts on the spine. They know what can go wrong with the spine and how to treat it. They can refer out if absolutely necessary for Loraine, Casey surgical intervention. Physical therapists generally go to school for five to seven years of college and are masters at body mechanics. They understand muscle function, rehabilitation and a whole spectrum of disorders that may respond well to conservative physical medicine. They also work closely with our medical doctor to assure you get the full spectrum of treatment to return you to a full and pain-free life. Living in the area for nearly 20 years, Dr. Dean Harrison has practiced both professions in Granville, Poultney and Rutland. Along with his wife, Loraine, they have created a healing environment that brings the best of both worlds to the Lakes Region. Source Physical Therapy is commit-

& Dean Harrison - owner ted to bringing cutting-edge treatment and equipment to our country home. At least six times per year we travel to locations around the world to learn the latest advances in new procedures. We also commit to the most state-of-the-art equipment. Our philosophy is, “If this were my father, mother, sister, or brother, what kind of care would I want for them?” Most of us live here because this is the most beautiful part of our country. We want the quality of our lives to be as healthy as our green mountains and crystal streams. Source Physical Therapy is committed to making that happen for all our friends and neighbors. Source Physical Therapy is located at 105 Main St., Poultney, Vt., or call 802-8848137.

Castleton Family Health Center has been serving our patients since 1967 and became part of The Community Health Center of the Rutland Region in October 2004. CHCRR is devoted to improving access to a full range of comprehensive quality care services to individuals and families of all ages and stages of life, without regard to family income or insurance sta- Castleton Family Health Center tus. Castleton Family Health Center is the by Vermont and New York Medicaid, largest of six CHCRR sites, which Medicare, and accept most major cominclude Mettowee Valley Family Health mercial insurances. For uninsured Center in West Pawlet, Brandon Medical patients, we offer a sliding fee scale disCenter in Brandon, Rutland Community count program based on household famHealth Center at 215 Stratton Road in ily income. This program is also availRutland, CHCRR Pediatrics in Rutland, able to senior citizens covered by and Commons Street Health Center at Medicare but without a secondary insurCommons Street in Rutland. We provide ance plan. At Castleton Family Health a comprehensive array of health-care Center we consider it a privilege to proservices in a bright, modern building vide your health care. Whether you are located just north of Castleton Corners looking for a pediatrician to assist you in on Route 30. Our patients receive high- raising a healthy child, a class to learn quality primary care, preventative, and how to manage your diabetes, an annual behavioral health services delivered by physical, or you need a prescription our staff of nine physicians, two physi- filled, it is all available right here at cian’s assistants, and six nurse practitio- Castleton Family Health Center. Our office is open Monday through ners. Our location offers on-site lab and X-ray services, specialized pediatric and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. women’s health care, diabetes education to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New counseling and group classes, behavior- patients are always welcome. Call (802) al health and nutritional counseling as 468-5641 anytime during business hours or feel free to visit our website www. well as a full-service pharmacy. We gladly welcome patients covered and browse.

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Merchants Bank

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Getting things done right

Merchants Bank is Vermont’s only independent statewide community bank. We are proud to be located in Fair Haven and play an important role in the financial lives of families and businesses in this area. Our customers enjoy a range of products like our CashRewards Checking account and the convenience of Mobile Banking. Plus, access to over 43,000 surchargefree ATMs worldwide Barb Stephenson, Bobbi Rogers, Chrissy Balch, Mary with our Allpoint ATM Ferguson, Mary Phelps and Jill Miller network. Branch President Jill Miller and her Friday. Our lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 5 experienced staff are ready to work with p.m., Monday through Thursday and you to find the right products and deliv- until 6 p.m. Friday. Our drive-up is open er the attentive service you expect. Our 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Fair Haven branch is at 97 Main Street Thursday and until 6 p.m. on Friday. Please call, stop by the branch or visit and our phone number is (802) 265-4961. for more details. Our branch is open Monday through

Wellsmere Farm Fresh from the farm Wellsmere Farm is located at 199 VT Route 30, ¼ mile north of the Wells Village. They are a family owned and operated farm known for their “pride and hard work.” The farm stand is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Loads of fresh vegetables are available and picked daily. Many varieties of lettuce, beets, beet greens, scallions, green beans, zucchini and summer squash. They will also have cucumbers, tomatoes and corn coming within a couple of weeks. Come early before they sell out of that day’s picking! Misty and Gabriel St. Martin holding Snuggles the This month they are showcas- bunny and Michelle Bates. ing Misty’s homemade soaps, bug spray and photo greeting “fresh from our farm” hand-ground cards. Everything is all natural and cornmeal, maple syrup, maple candy, scented with essential oils. Even the bug jams, pickles, dilly beans, breads, pies, spray is made with an all-natural base scones and cookies. and then essential oils that have been Bring the kids and come see the shown to repel bugs are added. She is Jacob’s sheep, alpacas: Harold and also making a foaming castile soap that Emanuel, baby chicks, baby turkeys, is good for just about everything (body, pigs, horses: Magnum and Manny, chickface, hair, hands, etc.) ens, bunnies: Scooby and Snuggles; a They have many other locally made baby calf, Oreo; baby goats and Smoke products and crafts to go along with the dog. their baked goods and veggies. If you have a question or want to They also carry gluten free products, place a special order they are on including cookies and flours by Facebook at Wellsmere Farm or call 802Bomoseen Bread Basket. 645-0934. Additionally they sell their own

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Barlow Electric wants to be the only place in the area consumers need to go for electrical work, and 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.” Laura and Wes Barlow with children Payton and Matthew The Barlows have been living their dream workers you can leave on a job and know since 2003, and they want to remind the job will get done and right.” everybody about all the wonderful serHe added that the company is always vices Barlow Electric offers. adding new products and services and “We offer a complete line of electrical emphasized that Barlow Electric is fully service, residential and commercial,” insured and reasonably priced. The busiBarlow said. “We install standby genera- ness is also involved in the community tors, whole house music systems, sur- and helps sponsoring area services such round sound, intercom and camera sys- as the senior shuttle to the Pember tems, service upgrades, and a variety of Library and local churches. The Barlows other things.” also patronize local businesses. The Barlows are very proud of and “It’s always good to see your commuconfident in the people that work at nity help a local business,” Barlow said. Barlow Electric. Barlow Electric is located at 46 “Our employees are hard-working Gillespie Road in Middle Granville. The guys,” Wes Barlow said. “It’s nice to have phone number is (518) 642-3292.


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Mandy's Spring Nursery, Garden Center and Florist More than 70 years of service Mandy’s Spring Garden Center and Florist are family businesses located at 1637 County Route 28 in South Granville, and open 9-5:30pm, Monday through Saturday. Mandy’s Spring Nursery has field and g reenhouse-g rown annual flowers, shade and flowering trees, shrubs, perennials, fruits and vegetables,as well as a full-service florist offering local or worldwide delivery. Mandy’s excellent staff consists of 10 fulltime and 10 part-time employees who are all very knowledgeable in every plant aspect. We offer personal designs to all customers, help- Pat, Becky, Eleana, Leoni and Heidi ing to ensure plant surwhich gives the ultimate cooking experivival! Our skilled landscape crew includes three expert stone ence in five sizes. Business is steadily growing despite masons and provides many services, including landscape construction and hard economic times! Feel free to stop by design, stone masonry, water features and browse our store, or shop online at and various other high-end projects like Like us on outdoor kitchens, hot tubs and water- Facebook for daily updates, or call Mandy’s Spring Nursery to make an slides, throughout the area. Recently, Mandy’s Spring Nursery appointment for a free design at (518) began selling children’s outdoor toys by 642-3676 or order exquisite flowers Melissa & Doug, and the unique “Big through The Florist at Mandy’s Spring Green Egg” outdoor Grill-and-Smoker, at (518) 642-9696.

Brown's Auto Salvage America's most recyclable product Mark and Joan Brown started recycling before recycling was in vogue. In fact, the couple has made a livelihood out of recycling. “We recycle 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. They founded the business in 1976 because, as they explained, “we had a desire to live in Vermont 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, dismantles and prepares them for sale. “Our main products or services are used and after market auto parts that are delivered daily throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, and shipped nationwide into Canada,” Brown explained. 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 aided in a large supply of used auto parts to come in and out of the Boston area to better serve our customers. Many local auto enthusiasts, garages, and new and used auto dealers visit or call the facility in search of “cost effective” used auto parts. They also do a large volume of business via the Internet. “We’re an area ‘e-Bay power seller’ with a 100 percent

Joan and Mark Brown positive feedback rating,” Brown explained. The customer cites 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.”

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DeBonis, Wright & Carris, P.C. Experienced, full-service law firm The law firm of DeBonis, Wright & Carris, P.C., is located at 226 Main St., in Poultney. Joseph A. DeBonis has for more than 40 years provided legal representation to clients from Poultney, Rutland, northern Bennington and southern Addison counties. He started the firm in 1969 and shortly after was joined by Richard Wright. Sadly, Richard (Dick) Wright passed away in 2007. William “Tracy” Carris joined the first of DeBonis & Wright, P.C., in 2009 and since has become a part- Joe DeBonis, Tracy Carris and the team of ner. Debonis, Wright & Carris. DeBonis, Wright & Carris, P.C., is William “Tracy” Carris grew up in a full-service law firm offering services in Clarendon and graduated from Mount St. varying fields of law from real estate, Joseph High School in Rutland. He then estate planning, litigation, family law and attended the University of Vermont and corporations. Florida Atlantic University, where he Joseph A. DeBonis is a 1961 graduate graduated Magna Cum Laude. He went on of Poultney High School and a 1965 graduto Tulane Law School in New Orleans to ate of the University of Vermont. In 1968, earn his Juris Doctorate in 2001. Following he received his L.L.B. from the University law school, he worked as an attorney for of Maine Law School. He was admitted to the state of Florida in the Sixteenth practice in Vermont in 1968, as well as the Circuit Public Defender’s Office. He then U.S. District Court of Vermont. worked in real estate development in He was the former attorney member of Roatan, Honduras. the Vermont Real Estate Commission, an Tracy’s areas of concentration are real adjunct professor of real estate at estate, estate planning, litigation, family Castleton College, a course instructor for law and corporations. the Graduate Realtor Institute and a conThe firm’s support staff includes sultant to Educational Testing Service of Margaret A. Jones, legal assistant and Princeton, N.J. title abstractor; Joann J. Higgins, legal He is currently a member of the assistant, billing and accounting clerk; Vermont Bar Association and member Ashley Hayward-Anderson, part-time and past president of the Rutland County paralegal; Rebecca Ivanova and Cristen Bar Association. His areas of practice Zekus, legal assistants; and Katherine E. include residential and commercial real McNamara, law clerk. Loyal and longestate, business organization, wills, protime employee Mary Smith retired in bate, estate planning and administrative June 2009. proceedings.

Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

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Celebrating 7th year in Granville Summer of 2012 marks Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram’s seventh year in Granville. The change in ownership of the Chrysler Jeep Dodge franchise in 2006 brought many changes to Granville, including a refurbished facility, a dramatic increase in new and used inventory and the best service team in the region; all areas of the business that have continued to improve over the past seven years. New general manager Matt Zappone, son of founder Jim Zappone, is very enthusiastic about the future in Granville. “My father handed me the reins here in Granville about six months ago as we have now opened a second state-of-theart facility in Clifton Park. This is where we fell in love with the Chrysler products from sales to service and now we’ve taken our philosophy to a second location. I’m proud to be running this location for our family here in Granville, where it all began. “ 2011 certainly saw some of the most dramatic changes to the award-winning dealership. “Irene certainly changed everything,” notes Matt Zappone. “We rebuilt the entire facility and had to replace virtually every piece of office equipment and supply we had. I can remember that

morning after the storm when my father and I first saw the absolute devastation. We immediately regrouped and committed ourselves to coming back and being even better than before. It’s something we are extremely proud of and you can feel it – customers can feel it when they walk through these new doors. That is what means the most to us – the positive feedback and support of this great community during our hour of need.” For 2012 Zappone expects the improved pace of business to continue, “We see more people keeping their business local, which I feel reflects upon our commitment to the community, and we see more people traveling greater distances to do business here as well. After they see us they ask us where to go for lunch, what else is there to do while they are in town; it is nice to be a part of this special region. “ “We also have such an advantage in the used car business,” Zappone adds. “My brother Mike spends six days per week hunting for the very best used cars from Plattsburgh to Rutland to Clifton Park. We’re proud of every single one of the dozens we have in stock.” Zappone is located on Route 22 in Granville just south of Route 149. Visit them online at or call 518-642-3030.

Black Pond Supply Ever-changing weather no problem

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Phone: 802-468-0327 Fax: 802-468-0328

We have seen record amounts of rain early in the spring and many days without out rain in late spring to a deluge at the first part of the summer! Since Mother Nature can’t make up her mind or solve your drainage problems better call Robert Gibbs. He can help solve your drainage problems. Gibbs, owner of Black Pond Supply Co. in Hubbardton, has been helping area residents for more than 24 years, providing them with septic system supplies, plumbing lines and culverts of all types and sizes. Small project or large, residential, commercial or municipal, it doesn’t matter. When asked how he got started in the plastic culvert business, Gibbs replied: “I was in the right place at the right time. I had a family member in a related business who brought to my attention plastic culverts.” At the time, using plastic culverts for drainage was not commonplace in Vermont, but after some research Gibbs decided to give them a try. Gibbs said the most rewarding aspect of his job is meeting people, and knowing he has a good product to sell them. He not only promises convenience and service but the best prices possible. Black Pond Supply offers a line of Ultra-pipe, with a watertight coupling already built in for easier installation, and a line of bio-diffusers, which provide better septic drainage using a non-

Robert Gibbs traditional method, said Gibbs. With certain soil compositions, this method can be more efficient. It actually creates a cavity for the water to lie in, Gibbs said. Throughout his 24 years in business, Gibbs has seen a number of people use his products in several unconventional, creative ways. For instance, he has seen children use some of his larger pipes to create a water slide over the past few years. Gibbs even has a supplier for dock supplies. To provide the best possible service for his customers, Gibbs is continually adding new items to his product line, including mulch hay. He offers free estimates, and will gladly discuss any drainage problems. Call him at (802) 273-2841 for more information.

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Skene Manor

Granville Small Animal Hospital

Historic Victorian castle

Your pets are our only concern

Skene Manor sits majestically overlooking the Champlain Canal and the Village of Whitehall, N.Y. Skene Manor is a 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 Skene Manor overlooks Whitehall. into restoring and preserving this magnificent part of to Ambrose Gilligan and the spirit and Whitehall’s history. Skene Manor is on history of the Railroaders, Whitehall’s the National Registry for Historic football team. A gift shop is located on Buildings. All monies donated are the first floor and tours of Skene Manor restricted to preservation projects and 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 birth- lovely Victorian Tea Room is open for place of the United States Navy. lunch Friday, Saturday and Sundays Most recently the entry foyer and from 12 to 4 p.m. There are also special main parlor were restored to their origi- monthly dinners that feature a complete nal elegance. gourmet meal. The Skene Manor is also The parlor includes a beautiful his- available for parties, reunions and receptoric piano purchased by Lent Hamlin in tions. 1845 and donated by Mrs. Doris Lasselle. For more information or directions, The Lasselle family were first cousins of please call Skene Manor at 499-1906 or Mrs. Potter – Catherine Boies. The third visit online at and floor features “Gilly’s Room,” dedicated like us on Facebook.

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 12 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 Dr. Jeffrey Meyer and staff. Missing Dr. Beth sick dogs, cats, pocket pets, exot- Kissack. ics and more. Surgical procegarten classes and adult obedience classdures include routine spays and neuters es for interested parties. in addition to orthopedics and other We also continue to update our webadvanced surgical procedures. We can site and Facebook status. Exciting surgiperform many screening diagnostic tests cal procedures can be viewed and we try not routinely available in small rural to provide pertinent information on our area hospitals. Our low-cost cat spay/ pets’ health issues each month. Please neuter clinic has become so popular that feel free to contact us via Facebook or we have increased the number of days email if there is a topic you would like to the service is provided each month to see addressed. We would like to remind keep up with demand. We are thrilled you that there is an online store and that the stray cat overpopulation prob- pharmacy plus we still utilize the comlem will be positively impacted by the pounding services of Drake’s Pharmacy program and will continue to offer the in Poultney. service as long as there is demand. This year we are happy to welcome Our boarding kennel has also contin- Dr. Beth Kissack to our staff. Dr. Kissack ued to grow in response to client need. attended veterinary school at U.C. Davis We have added new staff to pamper your in California and practiced for two years pets while you are away and also offer prior to moving to the Granville area. “doggy day care” for pets who would We are thrilled to have added such a otherwise spend long hours alone while compassionate and dedicated doctor to owners are at work. The dogs are taken our team. Granville Small Animal out for play time, extra walks and min- Hospital is still conveniently located at gling with other suitable playmates if 9928 State Route 22 in Middle Granville. requested. We encourage family pet Visit us on the Web at www.granvillesphoto shots to add to our bulletin boards. or call at (518) Darlene is also offering puppy kinder- 642-1283.

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Sammis Chiropractic Center

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Celebrating 30 years in 2012!

Chiropractor Harold K. Sammis III, D.C., has been helping people for more than 20 years. It all started with his two older sisters, both of whom married chiropractors. Watching them help people feel better and become more productive appealed to him, so he decided to follow in their footsteps and become a chiropractor. He now owns and operates Sammis Chiropractic Center based in Ticonderoga, N.Y., and Fair Haven, Vt. He offers spinal manipulation, heat and muscle stimulation, and other therapies. The location of the practices had a special appeal to him. As a child, he spent summers at Lake George. He loved the area, raised his children in Ticonderoga, and started his chiropractic business there in 1987. Two years ago he expanded his practice into Vermont. He now offers benefits for patients with Vermont Medicaid coverage (VHAP, Dr. Dynasaur, etc.) He prides himself on “spending time with my patients, getting to know them personally, understanding how their lifestyles affect their bodies,” he said. “I have treated some of my patients on a regular basis for over 20 years.” “I’m proud of my ability to maintain my patients, even if they need to see me only a few times a year,” he said. “New patients are wonderful, but retaining them and helping them feel better is even more rewarding to me.” Dr. Sammis said that with him there are no surprises. He said he takes time to

Harold K. Sammis III, D.C. answer patients’ questions. “I am honest with them about things like their diet, exercise habits, posture, and how they can better take care of their overall health.” Dr. Sammis points to the convenience and savings of patronizing a local healthcare provider. “When you find someone who treats you well and cares about your overall better health, why do you need to spend your precious gas money driving somewhere else?” Sammis Chiropractic Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday by appointment. Evening and emergency appointments are available, too. The Fair Haven office is at 55 Main St., next to Subway, and the telephone number is, (802) 265-2276.

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More than 40 Years in the Roofing Business

Spaulding’s Refuse has humble origins. Bob Spaulding began the company in 1982 as an after-school job. He started out with a pickup truck and a handful of customers in Fair Haven. With the help of his family and loyal customers, he was able to continue the business through his college years. Over the years, Bob expanded his service area to neighboring towns and the business grew to more than 500 customers, including some on his original route. Commercial client, Camara Slate and residential client Nadia Kruml have been with Bob and Spaulding Waste Services since the start of business in 1982. Long-term clients like Camara Slate and Bob Spaulding with longtime customer Nadia. Nadia Kruml are a strong Bob continues to improve his service piece of the company’s 30 year success. and product. In 2012, Spaulding Waste Services will In 2005, he acquired his first roll-off celebrate 30 years in business! Special truck and 12-yard containers. These thanks go out to all of Spaulding Waste 2-ton capacity containers are popular Services clients, for their business past with homeowners for garage/basement and future. cleanouts, small construction or demoliSpaulding’s provides residential, tion projects. The company has also commercial and municipal waste dis- added a 20-yard compactor truck and posal services for customers in the Lakes numerous rear-load containers allowing Region and beyond. Weekly or bi-weekly the expansion of commercial garbage residential services are provided to cus- services. Spaulding’s also offers 20, 30, & tomers in Benson, Bomoseen, Castleton, 40 yard roll off containers for demolition Fair Haven, Hubbardton, Orwell, uses. Poultney, West Rutland, Wells and “Our country is struggling through Hampton, N.Y. “We can customize an difficult economic times and we are comeconomical plan for your home or busi- mitted to weathering the storm. We will ness!” continue to provide reliable service and “We provide superior customer ser- are dedicated to providing our customvice, free estimates, and competitive ers with reliable, cost efficient services.” rates. We work with our customers to “Please give us a call at (802) 265-4458, provide the most value for their dollars. e-mail us We encourage recycling and reward our or stop by our office at 105 Colvin Road, residential customers’ efforts with a no Fair Haven, for rates and free estimates.” charge policy for sorted recycling and Spring and summer office hours are will continue to do so for as long as we Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to can.” Spaulding Waste Services also 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 offers free pickup of scrap metal and no- p.m. Winter hours vary. Voice mail is freon appliances in their service area. available 24 hours.

Hermit Hill Books Eleven years and going strong 2012 is our 11th year in Poultney. It’s hard to believe that the time has gone so fast! When we first opened 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 Books we buy and sell used, out-ofprint, and collectible books, as well as ephemera and old post cards. We also carry field guides (new and used), maps, and books by local authors. We have expanded Homer and our greeting cards section, and we also carry prints and some used CDs. The store specialties include history, poetry, science, nature literature, modern first editions, music, and a large collection of Vermontiana, featuring several books on Poultney. We have approximately 30,000 books in stock, but we’re constantly buying so it is worthwhile to stop by and check our new arrivals cart. Hermit Hill Books is owned and managed by Patricia McWilliams. Her knowledgeable and friendly staff includes cats

Tucker look forward to meeting you. Harriet and Cody; Tucker, the wise Corgi, and his younger brother Homer. Hermit Hill Books is a member of the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association ( Drop in and see our wide selection of books. We are located at 95 Main St., Poultney, or call 802-287-5757. You can also visit us at our website, www., or friend us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you in the shop!

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Ed Davis Autos and Repairs

Mountain View Bed & Breakfast

Quality, price and personality

Living the dream

In 2002 Ed Davis combined two of his biggest interests 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.” Ten years later, the automotive sales and service facility, located in Fair Haven, is going strong with seven employees, including six who are full time and all of whom are local and understand the mentality and values of the business’s clients. The business sells a huge range of used vehicles, including trucks, cars, RVs, pop-up campers and even a few boats. And with in-house financing options, people with less than outstanding credit can get quick approval and behind the wheel of a new vehicle sooner. Besides offering an assortment of reasonably priced used vehicles, the business also boasts a full-service repair facility. “We repair automobiles and light trucks and offer the lowest mechanical rates in the area and towing is free,” Davis said. “You get 100 percent experience at 50 percent of the cost.” The repair end of the business is led by new service manager, Don Brown, who most recently worked at Bruno’s in Poultney and has more than 30 years experience in the automotive repair industry. But it’s the customer service that truly sets the business apart, Davis said. “We take care of our customers; you

Don Brown Service Manager are not just a work order, but our friend. We have a passion for serving our communities and we possess lots of personality,” Davis said. “And we have cookies on Saturdays.” And the synergy between Davis, his wife, and his staff, ensures that everyone is on the same page and customers receive outstanding service. Ed Davis Autos and Repairs is conveniently located at 751 Washington St. in Fair Haven, just off Routes 4 and 22A. They can be contacted at 802-265-9994.

Mountain View Bed & Breakfast is a charming country inn located just up Sawmill Hill Road in beautiful Wells, Vt., and just minutes from Lake St. Catherine. The inn just opened in August of last year 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 addi- Lori and Gary Helm, innkeepers tions to the property and decided to with a full-size bed and twin bed that is complete their dreams and open a bed cozy and comfy. We also have a fitness and breakfast. room for our guests with a fridge stocked “I want our guests to feel relaxed and with complimentary waters, energy pampered while they are here, and feel drinks, granola and energy bars. refreshed and encouraged when they If exercise isn’t their thing, our guests leave,” said Lori. She loves to bake good- can sit on one of many benches on the ies for her guests to enjoy, and coffee and property of rest on one of our four decks teas are available 24/7. Gary and Lori and enjoy the view, or walk through the work as a team making breakfast for property and enjoy the goldfish pond their guests, which consists of a full and the gardens. country breakfast with extras such as We also have a large room that will be parfaits, eggs Benedict, café mochas and available soon for meetings, bridal and more. baby showers, and space for a small twoOur theme is “A taste of Southern to three- day conference, seminars or Vermont.” We are in Southern Vermont, girlfriend getaways. Keep checking out and we are southern … well, at least we our website for updates on what is availtalk Southern … some say, and southern- able. style cheese grits are available for breakWe are open May 15 through late fast. October. If you don’t have enough room Honeymooners are welcome here as to accommodate all your company just well as pets and families with children. send them up on the hill … we’ll be waitWe have a large apartment suite that is ing with the lights on, a warm welcome, ideal for families and honeymooners as and a hot cup of tea. Visit us at www. well as couples wanting to get away. We or call us have the blue room in the main house at 802-325-2829.


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Fat Tom's Auto Repair Inc.

State Line Flea Market

Pride in excellent work

New/old merchandise

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 full-service garage that repairs automobiles and light trucks. They specialize in brake jobs, wheel alignments and custom exhaust. And for those looking to keep cool this summer, or interested in upgrading to a performance exhaust system, the business also repairs automobile air conditioning units and deals in Flowmaster brand mufflers and exhaust parts. Inspections for cars, trucks and motorcycles are Tom Wiese, owner also available at Fat Tom’s. “When you go to a car show Wiese also offers his clientele outsomewhere, and see cars and trucks that standing customer service. “People are you worked on, that you were a part of, it always surprised by the friendly atmomakes you proud,” explained Wiese. sphere and our speed and ability to get Wiese is the owner of Fat Tom’s Auto the job done right the first time,” said Repair Inc., Wiese. Wiese takes a tremendous amount of “We’re a small local company. The pride and satisfaction in his work. He’s money goes right back into local econoat home with a wrench in one hand and my. We eat here and we live here. We’re an exhaust bracket in the other. “I’ve trying to do the best with what we have always worked on cars. Nothing sounds during these tough times,” Wiese added. better than a car or truck with a wellSo whether you need new brakes, a tuned exhaust,” Wiese said. tune-up, your oil changed, new tires or Wiese opened Fat Tom’s Auto Repair any other vehicle repair, Fat Tom’s welin November of 2005. “ comes you to stop by and check out their Although there are many garages and new location. auto repair facilities in the area, most Fat Tom’s Auto Repair is open from 8 can’t match the skill, expertise and a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To sophisticated equipment of Fat Tom’s. contact them, call (802) 468-5877.

Offering 5,500 square feet of antiques, collectibles, furniture, pictures, paintings, vintage & designer clothing, books & ephemera, tools and household. Fresh to the market merchandise brought in weekly! Vendor space available.




Liquor Stop ~ Wines

Of All Kinds

Price Chopper Plaza Granville, NY 12832

518-642-9262 ~ MONDAY-THURSDAY 9 AM - 8 PM, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9 AM - 9 PM

State Line Flea Market opened in May 2011 in the former OTB/Paddock Restaurant building on Route 18, just off Route 4 near the New York & Vermont border in Whitehall, hence the name! The building was vacant for 10+ years despite its convenient location and high visibility from Route 4. A perfect location for State Line Flea Market ‘s merchandise! You’ll find 5,500 square feet of antiques, vintage and designer clothing and accessories, books and Bargains galore at State Line Flea Market. ephemera, household, antique and other furniture, collectibles, State Line is that Miss Foy personally tools and the rare and unusual as well as selects and delivers weekly truckloads of fresh to the market merchandise from 2 acres designated for vendor space. Owned and operated by Erika Foy, a the southern counties of New York State. Open every Sunday from 8am to 5pm longtime professional in the real estate dispersal business via auction, real and attracting a growing cadre of weekestate sales and other venues. State Line ly buyers eager to discover what treaFlea Market is Miss Foy’s first large sures have newly arrived. Stop by for a visit, you never know scale wholesale-retail outlet in the North what treasure you’ll find! Country area. The unique aspect of

Brown's Orchard & Farm Stand Fresh local foods for you “From our garden to your table.” That’s the slogan of Brown’s Orchard & 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 & Farm Stand offers apples, cider, vegetables, Vermont products, pies, donuts and Vermont gifts and baskets. During the season, we sell Christmas trees and wreaths. And Brown’s Orchard & Libby wants you to stop by for sweet corn. Farm Stand will ship for you. The business was formed in Mostly family operated, the Browns’ 1926 and acquired by Charlie and Mary children are the fourth generation. Brown in 1978. Said Mary: “Pa Brown chose the location because “Why go out of town when you get the it was located between Lake St. Catherine freshest from the farm produce and and Lake Bomoseen,” said Mary. baked goods right here at Brown’s?” “We take pride in the personal touch,” Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand is she added. “Knowing our customers by open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To call, name, we pride ourselves in a ‘grown-bydial 802-468-2297. us-for-you’ approach.”

WELLSMERE FARM PRIDE AND HARD WORK Produce picked daily on our 250 acre farm Baked goods and Maple Syrup • Candy & Maple Butter Preserves • Misty’s Homemade Soaps • Foaming Soaps • Bug & Tick Repellant • Gluten Free Products by Bomoseen Bread Basket • All kinds of pickled products - Dilly Beans & Jams Crafts and Children’s prizes Corn & Tomatoes (from mid July through ‘til frost)

Bring the Kids Big & Small to Enjoy the FREE petting Zoo (and say “hey” to Smoke the dog).

¼ mile North of Wells Village on Rt. 30 802-645-0934

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Driftek Computer Systems

Everyday Flowers

Computers serviced locally

Making people smile

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 Josh Gillespie, owner computer over the Internet, avoiding Gillespie said: “Virus infections are the hassle of unplugging your computer the highest they have ever been. For this and having to bring it in to the store,” reason we are offering a Virus Removal Gillespie said. Service for only $55, compared to the When asked why he chose this type of Geek Squad price of $199.99, and routine business, he said: “I saw a need for com- cleanups for $45.” puter services in Granville. Today “Aside from computers, we also sell almost every household has one or more and install entertainment systems, high computers, and the nearest repair shop definition TVs, and surround sound,” and retail store is nearly 40 minutes Driftek Computer Systems is located away!” at 67 Church St., Granville. Hours of “Anything we don’t have in stock we operation are Monday through Friday, 9 can order, and will usually have within a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday when two days,” said Gillespie. “Because of the office is closed for home and office high gas prices, this is a great bonus. calls. For further information, contact Customers will no longer have to travel Josh Gillespie at (518) 642-5049 or visit to Queensbury to get electronics.” online at

The look of a happy customer’s face is all the inspiration Emily Stockwell needed when she took over Everyday Flowers in Poultney. “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 worked at Everyday Flowers for six years before taking over the business last October. She said fans of the shop Emily Stockwell, owner can expect the same outstanding customer service and prodextensive website where patrons can ucts that have made Everyday Flowers view and order its products from the so popular among residents of the Lakes comfort of their home. The shop proRegion for over a decade. vides delivery to customers in Benson, The shop offers a wide variety of flo- Castleton, Fair Haven, Middletown ral bouquets to choose from and staff Springs, Orwell, Poultney, and Wells. can create custom designs for any occa- And because the shop is located in the sion, be that holidays, birthdays, funer- heart of the Lakes Region, you can be als, anniversaries, gifts for new parents, assured that your arrangement arrives or simply a few flowers for that special in a vase, and not a box, at the peak of its someone. freshness. The shop can also make centerpieces, Stockwell said she doesn’t have any boutonnières, bouquets, and wristlets plans to expand in 2012, but her longfor weddings. term goal is to eventually branch into But flowers are only the tip of the landscaping. iceberg. In the meantime she’s happy simply “I offer more to my customers than making people smile. flowers and balloons,” Stockwell said. Everyday Flowers is located at 200 The shop also sells fruit baskets, silk Main St. in Poultney. The shop is open flowers, house plants, stuffed animals from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through and cards; essentially everything you Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. need for a nice heartfelt gift. The shop can be reached at 802-287-4094. The shop prides itself on friendly and The shop’s website is www.everydayprompt service. The business has an



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Station House Bed & Breakfast

Happy Daze Pub

Home away from home

Friendly destination, great times

Nestled between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont, this beautiful bed and breakfast is more than 100 years old and is in the colored slate capital of the world in Granville. It is said that the first house built in this place was by John C. Bishop, when he came into this beautiful valley in 1780. Mr. Bishop opened the first store, and that stood near the site of the present Friends meetinghouse. The Station House Bed and Breakfast village first grew up on the Street. It is within walking distance to west side of the river, but was afterward quite a few sights, like the Pember changed to the corners. Mr. Bishop Museum of Natural History and the secured the opening of the so-called Slate Valley Museum and the beautiful Shun pike, drawing the travel and the Mettowee River. Many other attractions business from Hebron and from the such as skiing, boating and shopping are south generally. The grist mill is very old all within driving distance. — erected before 1800. There was also a “There is a lot going on in Granville,” sawmill and a fulling mill, long since Michelle said, “and we needed to have gone. another great place for travelers to stay.” Michelle and Wayne Shaw started The renovations that have been done their bed and breakfast in 2005 to help would surprise any traveler and they with the cost of maintaining the buildwelcome anyone to stop on by and ing. They started with one room and browse. It will take you back in time. now have four. Once the old D&H “One of the best and most relaxing Railroad station, it has been completely parts is working in the gardens in the renovated from front to back and is 165 summer,” says Michelle. If you’d like to feet by 27 feet with beautiful gardens all reach Michelle and Wayne at the Station around to enjoy during the spring and House Bed & Breakfast for an overnight, summer seasons. you can reach them at 518-955-0771 or 518The bed and breakfast is very handy 642-1276 or visit at for travelers, being located on Main

R&D Automotive, Inc. • Engines • Transmission • Brakes • Shocks • Tires • VT State Inspection From Top to Bottom, Bumper to Bumper, We do it all!

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Kelly, Kim with owners (front) Scott and Happy Daze Pub is biker friendly, too! So come join the Happy Daze family. We may look small out front but come see the huge fun inside. We are now open seven days a week. You can find us on Facebook or on the web at Call for further information at 518642-2980. Come on in for some “Good Times.”

Maplewood Ice Celebrating 40 years Maplewood Ice Since 1972 Maplewood employs 40 full-time Ice has been the “coolpeople, and has an addiest” business in town. In tional 20 part-time staff 2012 Maplewood Ice celemembers who all work brates 40 years in busito make sure your icy ness! needs are met. Located at 9790 U.S. Wood said more Route 4 in Whitehall, as packaging was moved well as at 438 Dix Ave. in to their Queensbury Queensbury, Maplewood facility in 2008-2009. Ice specializes in the “We package manufacture and distri20-pound there, and bution of ice. Their prodfive-pound bags are ucts include ice in 5-pound and 10-pound Maplewood Ice specializes in packaged and stored blocks, as well as the the manufacture and distribu- there,” he said. New for the Whitehall location 20-pound party bag. They tion of ice. in February 2011 was even offer private label the addition of a new Keith walk-in floor packaging. Founded in 1972, Maplewood Ice con- ice bin, an automatic form and fill tinues to operate successfully under the machine making 2,300 bags per hour. In ownership of David Wood. Strategically 2012, Wood purchased a machine by located in the towns of Whitehall and Clinebell Equipment that makes ice for Queensbury, operations are centrally ice sculpturing and carving. Maplewood Ice enjoys giving back to located to their vast distribution network. As one of fewer than 10 ice compa- the community, and they provide donanies in the entire state of New York, tions to numerous charity organizaMaplewood Ice does business with many tions, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local companies, Wood said. As one and local fire departments, Wood said. Because this is a seasonal business would guess, it keeps them busy, with a state-of-the art filtration system and the that is extremely busy in summer, Wood said he enjoys (what else?) ice fishing as equipment to keep up with the demand. In fact, the company’s automated pro- well as NASCAR in the off season. For more information about duction line can package 3,900 bags of ice per hour. That’s a lot of cool! Their Maplewood Ice, call them at 518-499-2345 product has the Pride of New York Seal! or 800-635-2515.

Skene Manor

8 Potters Terrace Whitehall, NY

Is It Haunted? • FREE TOURS • GIFT SHOP • LUNCH Available for private functions and special events.

Jennifer McDermott

Here at Happy Daze Pub on Main Street in Granville, Scott and Shelly are trying to ease this rough economy by providing a friendly destination spot for people to come and have a great time … with two pool tables with many leagues year-round and the only foosball table in the area. Also we have local bands to entertain you and karaoke on Friday Ashley, Chris, nights and open mic nights Shelly. on Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. Come try out some of our new menu, which includes hamburgers, hot dogs, great french fries, pizza, our famous “Happy Daze Sample Basket” and what some people call the best wings around. With five TVs you can enjoy sports or whatever suits you while enjoying some great food!!

15 Route 4A Castleton Corners Bomoseen, Vt 05732 802-468-2222 800-489-9655

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday noon to 4pm April through December For information, call Skene Manor during open hours at 518-499-1906 From VT take Rte 4 into Whitehall NY, watch for signs.

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C.H. Nelson Agency

The Hopson House Stay in a home of history

Virginia, Frank, Gail, Tom & Judy

Full service in both NY and Vt. C. H. Nelson Agency, at 19 W. Main St. in Granville, N.Y., is licensed to provide insurance in both New York and Vermont. We are a full-service agency, offering personal insurance for homeowners, automobiles, renters, boats, umbrella, flood and identity theft protection, to name a few. Commercial insurance is available for business owners, contractors and farm owners. We take pride in the personal service and competitive

rates we are able to provide our clients. Our agency provides prompt attention to inquiries, dependable customer service and convenience. We’re local and close to your home! This marks our 96th year in the insurance business and our 32nd year at our Granville location. Our experienced staff is eager to be of assistance. We can be reached at 518-642-2747 or 802- 6450270.

Precision Auto Body Precision means experience Precision Auto Body is located at 1529 Main St. in Castleton, Vt., and is owned and operated by Steve Betit and his wife Barb, who have lived in the local area all of their lives and take great pride in their community. Steve has over 25 years of experience and craftsmanship in the auto body repair business, along with his experienced staff, who also have over 25 years of combined experience. Precision Auto Body is a full-service repair shop providing all types of collision repair work, big or small, frame straightening, glass installation, detailing, spray-in bedliners and towing. Precision Auto Body works with all major insurance companies and will work with you and your insurance company to make your experience both, a smooth and a positive one from start to finish. Steve and his staff take great pride in their work and go the extra mile to assure that your vehicle is repaired to original standards. Steve, Barb and the entire staff look forward to providing you with quality, reliable auto body ser-

Barb and Steve Betit vice. Feel free to stop by or you can reach Precision Auto Body at 802-4680327 or by email at precisionab@gmail. com

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, the Hopson House’s reputation of hospitality continues, and visitors are welEd and Nancy McHale come. Recently restored as varied selection of literature and DVDs. a small bed and breakfast, we offer priGuests are encouraged to visit the vilvate baths and rooms furnished with lages of Poultney and East Poultney, carefully selected antiques. Your day both rich in history. East Poultney is will begin with a full Vermont breakfast best known as the early home of Horace selected from a diverse menu and served Greeley and the birthplace of George in our country kitchen or on our brick Jones, founder of The New York Times. patio — weather permitting. After breakCall (802) 287-9038. fast relax in our library stocked with a

O'Callahan's Pub & Grill Great food, fun and atmosphere O’Callahan’s Pub & Grill is a new take on a classic establishment located on 22 Main St. in Granville NY. The staff at O’Callahan’s provides high-quality food and a great ambiance at surprisingly reasonable prices. The appetizers and chef ’s specials are the best in the area. We also offer some of the finest dinners, including bangers and mash, macaroni and cheese, ribs, and pot roast to name a few. We also have a large selection of premium draft beers and wines. Friendly staff and delicious food await you at O'Callahan's. There is a warm burgundy decor and a ing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and friendly Irish atmosphere in this small, serving dinner Monday through intimate setting. Saturday. Call for hours. Visit us at www. Come and enjoy a nice evening out at or join us on Facebook O’Callahan’s. We’re open for lunch, serv- and be a fan! 518-642-0200.



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SALES & SERVICE “We Make Warm Friends” 2 N. Main Street, Whitehall, NY

518-499-1212 • 1-800-772-2625

Caren invites you to visit the studio and see a work in progress


647 Rte 4A East, Fair Haven VT

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CBH Business Services Inc. Working one-on-one with clients CBH Business Services is an income tax and accounting service for small businesses and individuals. The company has been in business since 1998 and during that time there have been many changes in the tax laws, most of them affecting the taxpayer. In 2010 all paid tax return preparers were required to be registered with the IRS and are subject to disciplinary action by the Office of Professional Responsibility. These new requirements include registration, minimum Catherine Bostock-Hudy, owner competency testing and continuing education with them.” requirements annually. The company has two offices, one at Catherine Bostock-Hudy has been an enrolled agent since 2004, exceeding the 1130 River Road in West Pawlet, Vt., and new IRS requirements for paid tax the other at 119 Dix Avenue in Glens return preparers. She participates in Falls, which is open year-round. This past year we have gone to social continuing education annually to keep up with the fast-paced changes in tax networks such as Facebook to help get our business out there a little more. legislation. Catherine is proud of the relation- Please like our page to get up-to-date ships CBH Business Services is able to information on preparing for your taxes develop with clients. “We work one-on- and so much more. To learn more about how CBH one with the clients.” Business Services can help your small Catherine also offers tax planning and IRS representation for individuals business, or assist you in filing your and business as well as accounting ser- taxes, call their Vermont office at 802vices for small businesses. “I like work- 645-9900, or their New York office at 518ing with small businesses,” she said. 793-8546. “We are always accepting new cli“They have unique issues, and need someone who understands and can work ents,” she said.

Al LeMay Vinyl Siding and Roofing 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 Al LeMay makes boasts. LeMay started his business because has as he puts it, 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 want your 500-square-foot garage painted. “No job is too small,” he said. And nothing brings him more joy that help-

old houses look new. ing 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 he could enjoy the area’s great hunting and fishing. If you have a job – big or small -- you need done, call LeMay at 802-265-3766.

Adirondack Natural Stone Your premiere source for stone Our knowledgeable staff is devoted to providing the highest quality product and service. We know that selecting stones for a patio, fireplace or an entire edifice is an incredibly personal decision. We are passionate about assisting our clients. From your initial inquiry to the satisfactory completion of your project, it is our focus to guide you in creating a stone environment that will literally last a lifetime. Our clients come from near and far, each with a unique vision for their stone project. We treat every customer with personal care and attention to detail. Our mission is to send our customers home satisfied by the product and with fond memories of our process. Our stone and our staff are built to last and designed to please. Adirondack Natural Stone continues to grow into a diversified, quality-driven industry leader. We André focus on mutually beneficial partnerships with our vendors and customers, always exhibiting a “can do” attitude. This assures that we will continue to successfully exceed the quality and service levels our customers have come to rely upon. Our newest venture, Apex Equipment International, is the exclusive distributor of Steinex, an Italian manufacturer of stone splitting equipment. These machines have increased production, reduced down time and have created a product that blows away the competition. André Hagadorn, the founder of Adirondack Natural Stone, began his career as a welder for local farmers and slate quarries. It is here that he became interested in working with granite. In order not to compete with the customers that he had developed a good working relationship with for many years, he opted to quarry granite. The vision of service and quality André Hagadorn started with has been the guiding force contributing to the suc-

Hagadorn, owner cess and growth of the company. He has taken the business from a sole proprietorship, loading tractor-trailers on the side of a mountain, to a multimilliondollar company that utilizes the latest technologies for stone processing and natural thin veneer production. He is regarded in the stone industry as someone who is honorable and trustworthy. When André finalizes the deal with a handshake, it actually means something. The success of Adirondack Natural Stone is a direct result of the motto that André has always lived by, “It is only a good deal if it is good for everyone.” Adirondack Natural Stone … vision, quality, integrity and superior service. The choice is natural! 8986 Route 4, PO Box 225, Whitehall, NY, 12887; (518) 499-0602 office, (518) 4992670 fax. Hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., online at,

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CH Sheldrick & Sons

The Birdhouse Inn Cozy rooms, home-baked treats

Chris Sheldrick and his fleet of trucks.

Key to success is diversification C H Sheldrick and Sons offer many services. Everything from towing and recovery to service on trucks and automobiles,” Sheldrick said. “We have five towing and recovery vehicles, two service vehicles and we operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” The larger the job, the better. “We service tractors and farm equipment as well as from heavy duty trucks and cars. We also have cars for sale.” Sheldrick added. Established nearly 20 years ago, the

business was mobile until about 10 years ago when Sheldrick remains firmly rooted in the local community. “This is home; it’s where I was born. I was brought up here.” Sheldrick’s business is located at 995 River Road in West Haven. Their number is 802-265-9700. You can also page him at (802) 7427178. “We offer quality work and fair prices,” Sheldrick said. “Help is just a call away.”

Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze

East Poultney’s three The Birdhouse Inn, museums – “The circa 1799, is a B&B in Academy,” Melodeon historic East Poultney. Factory and Victorian Enjoy a restful night’s School House. sleep in any one of the Lakes St. Catherine, three cozy rooms: the Bomoseen, Hortonia and Cardinal, Goldfinch and others offer boating, Blue Jay rooms, with priswimming and other vate and shared baths. activities. If you are a Rooms are tastefully hiker, you will find appointed with vintage entrances for the pieces and original artAppalachian Trail and work. Long Trail easily accessiWake up to the aroma ble. Winter brings skiing of fresh-brewed coffee – X-country and downhill and home-baked treats. — snowshoeing and Make your way to the din- Karen Festa, innkeeper snowmobiling, or stay by ing room where you’ll be treated to meals using as many “buy the fireplace, read a good book from the local” products as possible, where you Inn’s library or relax with a mug of will see beautiful, organically fed laying something hot and delicious. The Inn is committed to “green prachens that provide the “best eggs for your full gourmet breakfast.” The Birdhouse tices” when it comes to cleaning prodInn B&B is a certified “VT Environmental ucts. For your health we use nontoxic Partner/Green Hotel” and a National natural soaps and cleaners. You as guests Wildlife Federation “Certified Wildlife will experience a safe and clean environHabitat.” Later explore local attractions ment. Visit us on our website at birdin the Lakes Region. Only steps away are or call us at 802-287-2405.

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Byron, Irene, Jack and BJ Hathaway

Olympic-size fun at the farm! Come on up & see us! We’ll have ya lost, laughin’ and lovin’ it! Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze is a third-generation family farm in Rutland Town, Vt. We raise and finish beef cattle, we produce maple syrup, we have a livestock barn with lots of different farm animals including miniature donkeys, Old English Babydoll Southdown sheep, pigs, chickens, bunnies and more, and we have the largest corn maze in Vermont! This year Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze introduces Olympic-size fun at the farm! Our huge, 12-acre corn maze is all about the Summer Olympics. There are bridges to maneuver, clues to help you along your way, punches to find and on weekends, a snack bar right in the maze, featuring burgers from our own Hathaway Farm beef ! If you can find all the punches, sign up for the drawing we have at the end of our season to have a chance at winning something cool! If a 12-acre adventure seems more than you’d like to tackle (keep in mind

we have early exits along the way so you aren’t in there for days … or not too many days anyway), we also have a Mini Maze designed for a much shorter stroll. This maze is a big hit with the little folk and their grandparents! There is also a play area with a sand box, tetherball, horseshoes, duck racing and more. Then be sure to visit the livestock barn and meet all our farm animals. Since all our animals live here, you may see some of them each year when you come back to visit. Don’t forget to save time for a wagon ride. When the pumpkins are ready, about mid-September, we begin our pickyour-own pumpkins with a ride to and from the patch on the wagon. So bring the whole family, go for a hike in the mazes, visit the farm animals, jump on for a wagon ride and just relax while you take in the gorgeous views surrounding the farm. Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze …. A working Vermont farm where family memories are made!

Quality Autobody & Collision Repairs WE WORK FOR YOU WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY Trucks • Cars • Boat • RV Repairs We are in our new building and we are still offering our same commitment to you and quality by the same staff since 1978

1075 VT Route 30, Poultney, VT 802-287-9897฀•฀1-800-974-9877 Email:

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Sunrise Family Restaurant

From farmhouse to your house Working from her studio in an old 1920s-era barn, Caren Helm creates cookware, dinnerware and serving pieces of great beauty that express her joy of life. “Clay is the most primal of elements,” she says. “It links us to the other elements of air, water and fire. My wish for you is to feel the connection to the earth by using one of my pieces.” When visiting her studio, you will find it to be a place where creativity rules. She welcomes everyone to stop by and see the process of just how a lump of soft clay becomes a permanent, functional piece of stoneware. She jokes, “Wear your mud boots, it’s a working studio not a showroom.” Trained in ceramics at Notre Dame College in Manchester, N.H., Caren now teaches ceramics and other art courses at the Community College of Vermont in Rutland. At her studio on the old Proctor farm in Fair Haven, she creates several different lines of pottery that reflect the Vermont heritage. The Farmhouse Collection is influenced by farmhouse living in rural Vermont in the 1930s to 1960s. In the One of a Kind Collection, people will find large sculpted and chip carved vases, umbrella stands, book ends and lidded boxes as well as customordered unique pieces for home and garden decor. In addition to dinnerware and cookware, Caren’s stoneware pottery line also includes hard-to-find items such as funereal cremation urns for both loved ones and pets. You’ll find her unique potter’s mark on every item she creates. Caren has recently added a wholesale division to her business and her pottery

Caren Helm, owner/artist can be found in stores in Maine and Vermont, including both Vermont Country Stores in Rockingham and Weston, Vermont. See a complete list on her website. And what’s new this season? A bridal registry and wedding reception favors as well as Bohemian wine cups designed after the Bohemian artisan movement from California. They are stemless and fit in the palm of your hand. A different colored squiggle on the side of each cup lets you know which one is yours, should you put it down. Matching Wine Bottle Chillers are also available. PIZZAZZ Pottery is located at 647 Route 4A East in Fair Haven. You can buy her pottery by appointment or chance at the PIZZAZZ Pottery studio. For more information, call (802) 265-2145 , visit or email info@pizzazzpottery. com

Bring your family for a delicious homemade meal.

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 and the menu is affordable and varied,” explained Burhans. The eatery offers a chicken and biscuit special on Thursday and a prime rib special on weekends.

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


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Bentley House B&B

The Ginger Tree

Helping Poultney prosper and grow

Celebrating 35th anniversary

Pam and Rich Mikkelsen have now been in the bed and breakfast business for six years. During that time they have not only done a lot of renovation to the house both inside and out, but have come to be part of the Poultney community. One of their major business goals is to integrate the businesses in town with their own. “By recommending businesses that fit the needs of our guests, we are helping to keep business in Poultney and promote the financial health of all our business neighbors. Pam and Rich Mikkelsen, innkeepers, with Brandy. With a good understanding of advertising is concerned. our needs, we can help Poultney to prosWe are looking to expand our busiper and grow.” ness influence in town by making our Our continued liaison with the colinn available for small private business lege not only promotes their ideals but and organizational meetings. We have helps us to put Poultney “on the map.” already started this with the slate comLocal organizations are working hard panies and hope that more companies to publicize our community and the that want a small, elegant and private state of Vermont is also cooperating by area for their luncheon or business offering us free tourism advertisement meeting will use our facility. and support, i.e. E-Commerce. Rich also enjoys boating and taking Our greatest ambition is to make visipeople on tours of Lake Bomoseen. He tors welcome not only to our bed and has learned a lot about the lake’s history breakfast but the community as well. and is a great storyteller. Advanced resPoultney is a friendly and quaint village ervation is need for this tour. Call (802) with lakes and historical buildings in 287-4004 and ask for the Boat Captain, the area; we have a lot to offer to tourRich. ism. By treating our guests with the The local area has taught us a lot friendliness and concern for their needs, about Vermont — the history, foods, we hope that they will not only come farming industry and the people. back to our inn, but to Poultney as well. Sharing this with our visitors makes Their recommendations are worth them eager to come back. “their weight in gold” as far as free

Incorporated in 1997, opened in 1978 across from the Rutland Herald at 34 Wales St., The Ginger Tree Ltd. offered a new shopping experience for the Rutland area, offering maternity and clothing accessories for all events for women. The shop, owned by Martha and Phil Dwyer, was busy early on and began to outgrow its home. The search was on for a new location. 45 North Main St. in Rutland (at the junction of Routes 4 and 7) was chosen. After extensive renovations, while maintaining the integrity of the 100-yearold home, North Main Street proved to be the right choice. The building offered a wonderful space with hardwood floors, old beams, fireplaces and stained glass. The perfect shop for women, winning the Roger Brown Award for Outstanding Development, it offers a great place to find something unique that is not found in major chains. From everyday to special events, you will find something here. Weddings, reunions and special occasions have become a major part of The Ginger Tree’s existence. Accessories are also a huge factor as are gift items (home fragrances, candles, jewelry, all leather and seasonal bags). Special orders are always possible — if it is available they will get it. Over the years The Ginger Tree has received a Community Confidence Award and the Rutland Herald Best of the Best in Local Clothing, as well as several newspaper choice awards from outlying areas. A member of the Vermont Retail Association and its secretary for 30-plus years, Martha believes in following the events in Montpelier especially when it

The Ginger Tree comes to protecting small business — the major base of Vermont communities. Celebrating this 35th anniversary, The Ginger Tree is offering special sales the entire month of July along with offering to have you register with each and every purchase for one of their many gift items and gift certificates. Drawing will be held the first week of August. The Ginger Tree has been fortunate in having exceptional long-term employees and wonderful, faithful customers. Their lines are constantly reviewed, expanded or dropped. Free gift packaging is always available as is local delivery. They are open seven days: Monday through Saturday 9:30 until 6 and every Sunday noon until 5 p.m. See you there — The Ginger Tree, 45 North Main St., Rutland; telephone 802775-7256; fax 802-775-9055; email mail@ and visit The Ginger Tree on Facebook.

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Robert M. King Funeral Home

Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge

Service at a time of need

Great service and hot new cars!

People are touched, lives are honored, healing ceremonies are created and the funeral is a vital and important part of the marking of the passing of a life. We have accepted the reality that meeting the needs of our families must take on a new look and new approach. We strive to make each family’s experience as meaningful to them as possible. With the family’s input, we can provide a truly unique and memorable service that honors the life and legacy of their loved one. The economic concern our world is facing has altered what people can spend. We try to provide a memorable tribute for the loved one of the families we serve and stay within their financial boundaries. Many things we do on a daily basis cost nothing but mean the world to our families. There is no price on caring attention, and satisfying our cus- Charlie and Mary King tomer’s needs. Charlie and Mary, both preplanning, as well as at-need service licensed funeral directors, strive to serve for your family. We also have available a Granville and the surrounding area with full line of cremation and memorializacare and dignity for the families and tion products as well as pet memorializatheir loved ones. They both stay attuned tion products. to the new trends of the industry and are Our goal is to make the celebration of very active in the community. Other your loved one’s life our priority, by prostaff at the Robert M. King Funeral viding you with dignified, professional Home include licensed director Michael and memorable service at your time of Angiolillio and Jeff and Bud Davies. need. Please give Mary or Charlie a call This family-owned firm will be glad anytime at 518-642-1122. to provide information or assistance in

Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge takes pride in its positive growth on excellent service, knowledgeable staff and customer incentives. Customer service is very important to the Fair Haven 65-year-old dealership. “Our repeat customer rate is twice the national average for Chrysler and Dodge dealers,” said Will Dodge, owner of the dealership. “The adage that all dealers pay the same for their Jim Bradt and vehicles is true; the fact is we don’t have a bright, new, shiny facility that customers have to pay for when they purchase a vehicle from us! Our overhead is truly lower, which means the savings to the customer is the bottom line.” New incentives and low overhead pricing mean great deals. The fuelpinching Dodge Caliber is an excellent choice. For families, the two best-selling minivans, Town & Country and the Dodge Caravan, offer lots of room and style with all the latest technology. The hot new Dodge Charger is now available in all wheel drive. And check out the 31 MPG Chrysler 200. The roomy Dodge Journey crossover offers the best value in SUVs, while the fuel-efficient Durango sports an all new redesign. Work hard or play tough? Then Dodge Ram trucks will get the job done! Arriving this spring for the 2013 lineup is the all-new Dodge Dart. This isn’t your grandma’s Dart! The new Dart is sleek and proud to boast 40 MPG, starting at an impressive $15,995.

Will Dodge If you need service, you’re in great hands! Fair Haven Chrysler Dodge does all warranty work for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. See veteran service manager Jay Muratorri and 16+year parts veteran Keith Stanley. With the Chrysler tire works program and their new, state-of-the-art Hunter wheel-alignment system they can take care of your tire and suspension needs. For a quality used vehicle, check out the display lot on the corners of Main Street and Prospect Street in Fair Haven. For a preview or at-ease shopping , you can view the inventory online at www. FHCD gives top allowances for quality trades. See veteran sales consultant Jim Bradt today and ask about some of the great prices and incentives. Remember, NY residents do not pay Vt. sales tax! Fair Haven Dodge is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 802265-4964 or turn off Main Street onto 20 Liberty St., Fair Haven, Vt.

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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, 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, e-Branch home banking, as well as having all deposits being federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration and much more. 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 and assisting with Fair Haven Concerned clothing drive. 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, give us a call toll-free at 888-252-8932, or visit us at

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Picket Fence Antiques at the Horace Greeley House

York Coach Works

Where you will find treasures galore! Do you want an adventure browsing for antiques, and at the same time learning about history and becoming more knowledgeable about nutrition and energy? Then be sure to take a step back in time and visit Linda Knowlton at “Picket Fence Antiques” on the Green in East Poultney. Linda’s warm smile and enthusiasm is worth the trip! Her antique shop glitters with a beautiful array of costume jewelry, colorful glassware, linens, old-fashioned vases; you’ll also find kitchenware, postcards, bottles, compacts, paintings and many other unique items. In addition to her antiques, Linda has so much happening at her historic 1823 home in East Poultney! She is president of the Horace Greeley Foundation, which is offering its 10th Writer’s Conference on Oct. 20 ( Additionally, the Foundation provides scholarships to qualified Vermont students and helps educate both adults and children about Greeley, his time in East Poultney and how he helped shape our country. So if you want a history lesson, Linda is the gal to see! Linda was also instrumental at the state level by having the House and Senate approve a resolution declaring Feb. 3 as Horace Greeley Day. Linda will also talk to you about good health and how to build up your immune system with RELIV, a nutritional product she distributes around the country. If you want good health and energy Linda will explain how to achieve it. Linda was formerly the owner of an

Linda Knowlton, owner

The friendly staff at York Coach Works.

employment agency in Boston and enjoys helping people with resume writing and interviewing skills. Although Linda moved here over 15 years ago, she is no stranger to the Poultney area. She is an alum and former trustee of Green Mountain College and served as the GMC alumni director. She also received the Distinguished Service Award from GMC. She is also a former board member of the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce. She was the gal everyone knew in 1997 who lived on the famous Neshobe Island at Lake Bomoseen! Linda is well versed in antiques and has been in the business for more than 20 years. So if you are looking for great conversation and antiques, you will find it at “Picket Fence Antiques at the Horace Greeley House” – 95 On-the-Green in East Poultney. Call her at 802-287-2577. P.S. If you mention this article, you will receive a 10 percent discount.

Twenty-nine years of customer satisfaction Do you remember 1978? It was the first year of York Coach Works, mood rings and Atari. Gasoline was just 63 cents a gallon. Boy, have some things changed … Twenty-nine years at the old shop and now they have been in their new facility for over four years. They perform 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 their insurance company. They feature a Dupont refinishing system, a new computerized Car-o-liner

measuring system for the Chief EZ Liner frame machine and I-Car certified technicians. They now offer very competitive pricing on all brands of tires with mounting on their touch-less tire machine and computer wheel balancing. York Coach Works has been around this long for one reason, they believe in complete customer satisfaction on each and every vehicle. Why go somewhere else, for your auto body needs and just be a customer, when you can be treated like a friend at York Coach Works? Give them a call to see if they can help at 800-974-9877 or email them at

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Granville Area Chamber of Commerce Working together for a stronger community The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization consisting of businesses and people committed to improving the quality of life for the people and businesses of this community. We strive to promote business and tourism in the greater Granville area by sponsoring programs and events. A schedule of upcoming events is listed on our website. We are also working to aggressively market the Granville business community to a larger audience to increase name Steve Saltis, recognition not only of our area but our businesses too. Membership in the Chamber is very affordable. The basic membership fee is $60 and members have the option of adding additional businesses for $15. This basic membership provides a business listing by category with a free direct link to their website on the Chamber website as well as a Facebook link. Members can add a description of the business (up to 100 words) and photos for $25 each. The Chamber website is modern and user friendly. Our goal is to provide a site that promotes our business community and invites visitors to explore all Granville has to offer. Please visit www. to check it out.

Charlie King and Josh Gillespie We also offer health insurance for our member businesses. Are you a small business owner who doesn’t have health insurance because of the cost? Well the Granville Chamber is now offering several affordable options. Please contact us for further information. The board of directors and officers for 2012 invite you to join us. Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. They are open to all members and the general public. Please come and 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 www.

Chapman's General Store Stop in and try the 'Golden Gobbler' If you haven’t been in Chapman’s General Store in the last year, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The walls now display the early photographs and memorabilia we have been collecting over the years. There are photographs of local residences, lumber mills and slate yards, many of which we will recognize. Also, several of Chapman’s store in the early days. Our latest addition is the restored Gulf Gas pump, which warmly glows, proudly displaying its gasoline priced at 39 and one-half cents per gallon. Hurricane Irene left its mark on the 200-year-old store. Fortunately what comes in and goes back out. The wooden floor boards buckled like a roller coaster and an inch of mud was left behind. Our much-loved employees and Visit Chapman's and step back in time. community rallied around for three days of intense clean-up. Everything We have penny candy, ice cream, an had to be moved and cleaned, and the ATM, NY Lottery tickets, groceries, gasdumpsters filled. Then we evaluated and oline, kerosene, propane, diesel, ice and moved on. “the coldest beer in Granville.” Today when you come in, a selection In the spring, you can buy your bait of delicious New England Coffee awaits and go fishing on the bank of the you at our “coffee bar”; you can take Mettawee River, taking a lunch break at your coffee and a homemade goodie from a picnic table. We have been told a thouthe bakery cupboard to our new “old- sand times that our “soft crème” is the fashioned” booths, or you can order one best in the area! of our many sandwich selections or hot So come on in and try one of our lunch specials, to take out or eat inside. manly sandwiches: The “Sapling,” Chapman’s opens 5 a.m. serving “Beast,” or “Mad Cow,” maybe the breakfast sandwiches, burritos and “Golden Gobbler” or the “He-man wraps. We serve hot lunches and our Woman-hater.” Sit and relax in a place made-to-order submarines and sand- where time slows down and lets you wiches until 9 p.m. catch your breath, even for just a while. You will find you can get most anyVisit Chapman’s General Store on 7 thing at Chapman’s. Besides home-baked Main St. in Middle Granville or give us a treats and cappuccino, we have a full deli call at (518) 642-1870 and homemade salads in warm weather.




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Prospect Golf Course and Restaurant

Twin Mountains Farm Bed & Beakfast A true country inn

Jim Bassett, pro shop manager and Jason Ahearn, general manager

Golf on Lake Bomoseen's shores Prospect Point Golf Course and Restaurant can be found along the shores of Lake Bomoseen off of Route 30 in Lake Bomoseen Vt. Offering a 9-hole golf experience right on the lake Prospect Point is perhaps the only golf course in the area, certainly in the Lakes Region, to feature access by boat. Prospect Point has dock space for anyone arriving by boat to play golf. The golf course hours run from 7 a.m. to dusk with rates for nine holes of $23 with cart and $15 walking, per person. Manager and chef Jason Ahearn operates the Prospect House Restaurant. The Prospect House Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with lunch Wednesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Wednesday to Sunday starting at 4:30 p.m. The Prospect House Restaurant has a new menu featuring many fresh local

menu items and offers outdoor dining on the patio as well as having banquet and wedding facilities available. The full bar has draft beer and wine with live music Thursdays by Mickey from Twiddle. In the pro shop, patrons will find new pro shop manager Jim Bassett, former executive director of Vermont Golf Association from 1983-2010. Bassett worked as a rules official for the New England Golf Association and USGA, was in charge of the USGA handicap service for Vermont still coordinates course rating for Vermont. Bassett also set up all Vermont Golf Association tours including the Vermont amateur, senior amateur, mid-amateur and Vermont four ball tours. To contact Prospect Point Golf Course call (802) 468-5581.

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Twin Mountains Farm B&B in Middletown Springs is located on an 1830’s farm with 150 acres, including the ridgelines of two mountains, and a flowing brook. In this informal atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, you’ll enjoy gourmet breakfasts, (including some of our “house favorites,” strawberries stuffed with shaved chocolate and topped with homemade whipped cream, smoked salmon with cream cheese and home-grown chives, bananas foster Annie & Walt French toast and Very Berry French toast), as well as the outstanding natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Breakfast is served in the Great Room by a roaring fire in the winter and on the screened porch in the summer, with views of flowers, fields and trees. Walter and Annie Pepperman, the innkeepers, describe their place as “a true country inn in a beautiful country setting.” There are opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birding, and exploring for signs of our forest animal friends. The Inn is continuing to upgrade the

Pepperman Deer, Moose and Bear bedrooms, each with private bath. The Inn’s living room is exclusively for guest use and has a large flat-screen satellite TV, as well as a gas fireplace. And you can get a massage by appointment! Alaskan Malamutes, Mayla and Silver, and Appaloosa, Buckskin, and Blue Roane horses also wait to greet you! We are located at 549 Coy Hill Road, PO Box 1234 in Middletown Springs. Or call us anytime at 802-235-3700. Visit us at

WM Rozell Excavating

Roots of success Customer satisfaction, knowledge, expertise and diversity are what business owner Will Rozell and his sons Chris and Marc consider to be the factors of their successful business, W. M. Rozell Excavating. Being on time and on budget is key. When there is an unforeseen problem, Will, Chris and Marc will consult with the customer so a plan can be worked out. “We’re one business with many services,” Rozell said, “so the customer will only have to Chris, Marc and Will Rozell hire one company to complete Excavating also belongs to the Better all phases of site work. Business Bureau, letting people know “We’re available 24-7!” With nearly 40 years of experience in the proper permits and insurance are in the business, W. M. Rozell Excavating place. W. M. Rozell Excavating is a family offers land clearing, driveways, demolition, cellar holes, poured foundations, affair! Will Rozell started out in his own standard and engineered septic systems, business, but later inherited his mothsingle- and double-wide trailer slabs, er’s business, Al-Jean Construction, and ponds, retaining walls, driveway repair still operates out of the same yard in and maintenance. To top off your proj- Whitehall. His sons Chris and Marc are ect, W. M. Rozell Excavating also owns also partners in the business and in the their own legally permitted gravel pit future, Rozells Garrett, Cameron and that allows them to provide screened Chloe Alexis will someday be at the gravel, stone, shale and crushed aggre- helm! For 2012, the family plans just to gate. Rozell also offers winter services continue to offer our customers the best such as snow plowing, sanding and snow of all services at a price that’s fair. removal, keeping them busy 24-7, year Working local is important to Will, Chris and Marc. round! “We don’t want to forget where we W. M. Rozell Excavating has also gone the extra mile for its current and future started, because the local communities customers by being certified in Arxx made us who we are today,” Will Rozell forming systems, Prisby Environmental said. When not in dump trucks and excavaSeptic Systems and OSHA training to provide top-notch service. Keeping up tors, the Rozells are still all about family with new rules and regulations and soon and the great outdoors! They occasionto be a law in New York State, already ally take time off to camp and fish! When your next project comes up, mandatory in Lake George, W. M. Rozell Excavating has just completed certifica- give W. M. Rozell Excavating, the tion for work site erosion control man- Rozell family, a call. Estimates are free agement. This course was an education- and the opportunity to provide one is al training on how to control and contain greatly appreciated. You can reach Will any water so it doesn’t leave your work- at W.M. Rozell Excavating anytime in site, to keep silt from entering any body Granville at 642-2912, in Whitehall at 499of water in the area. W. M. Rozell 1669 or by cell phone at 796-2930.

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Schoony's Country Market

R & D Automotive

Better than ever In the 20 months since fire destroyed Schoony’s Country Market, Bob and Dori Schoonmaker have seen not only a complete rebirth of their historic building, but an expansion that has made it bigger and better. That expansion continued in February with the addition of Amy’s Gluten-Free Bakery. “Everything is brand-new. We have more stock and the look is completely different,” Bob Schoonmaker said, sitting in his office near the front of the Route 22 store. “The business has definitely grown, the deli is much busier. We have new distributors and better prices. We’re selling a lot more with the subs, fried food and pizza.” In fact, Schoonmaker had to install a second pizza oven. “We were doing 100 to 150 a week, now we are over 300.” Schoonmaker is quick to thank and credit his staff, vendors and customers. “This is a fun business. I love it.” It’s also a business that is growing and expanding. Schoonmaker recently added more tables so they customer can eat in. He’s also got Green Mountain Coffee and has established a partnership with Glens Falls Hospital to provide fresh vegetables from out of town. But perhaps the biggest addition has been his foray into gluten-free food. “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.” It started when a vendor offered Schoonmaker a gluten-free turkey, and he then added his own store-cooked roast beef, also gluten-free. His real brainstorm came when he

Danny, Ransom, Bob, Scotty and Keaton. Missing from picture Rich. Owner Bob (Schoony) with gluten free bakers Amy and Pierre Poulin and Amy's dad Joe Rota. and his wife invited Amy Rota-Poulin, who just happened to live next door, to open the gluten-free bakery in the back of his kitchen. Her husband, Pierre Poulin, was part of the inspiration for the gluten-free idea, since he has a severe gluten allergy and wanted to be able to shop next door. The couple works together, preparing gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, breads and other items. They are also developing a gluten-free pizza for Schoonmaker. “This has worked out well for all of us,” Rota-Poulin said. Schoony’s Market is located at 10254 State Route 22 in North Granville. Hours are 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.

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Great pride in their work They fix it right the first time and at a good price at R & D Automotive Inc. in Castleton, Vt. Inspired by a love for old cars, owners Dan McMurry and Rich Moss started R & D Automotive six years ago in 2005. They take great pride in the fact that their employees fix cars properly on their first visit to the shop. We are professional, well-priced and take pride in our work, they said. Offering automotive repairs of all makes and models as well as towing and

tire sales R & D Automotive is a one-stop shop for getting your “grocery getter” back into tip-top shape. With six full time employees R & D Automotive is centrally location between Rutland and Fair Haven to provide all of your car repair needs. “We are a one-stop shop for all mechanical we don’t just do certain things,” they said. To contact R & D Automotive Inc. call (468-5268.

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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. Wave Lengths features the Paul Mitchell product line – and is the only Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Southern Vermont, which is a source of great pride for owner Melissa Gay. Wave Lengths was started in 1995, and in 1997 Melissa purchased the building on Second Street with plans to renovate it into a hair salon with a rental unit in the back. “I’ve always wanted to make people look their best and feel great about themselves,” Gay said. Wave Lengths offer

cuts, dimensional color, perms, highlights, waxing and pedicures. Stylist Peg Manley joined Wave Lengths on March 11, 2011, bringing her expertise and experience to the salon. Although there are just two people at Wave Lengths, Gay said customers will be surprised how many services that can be offered under one roof by those two highly skilled people. Why do people like Wave Lengths? Simple. Local people like to stay local and be offered all hair services of any big salon in other areas, Gay said. Wave Lengths is open Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays; call Melissa or Peg for an appointment today!(802) 265-4633.



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Positive Energy NY LLC

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Your local source for solar

The heat source experts

Think solar energy is out of reach and expensive? Think again. Thanks to dramatic reductions in equipment costs, in combination with peaking financial incentives, going solar is now an affordable investment. That’s right – an investment, not just an alternative “green” technology. As utility rates continue to rise annually, homeowners are paying more and more every year for fossil-based energy most often produced out of state and transported over long distances. In this manner, there is no control Joe Thomas and Khanti Munro over rising costs, no supPositive Energy, based out of port of the local economy and a depenGranville, NY, and Poultney, VT, is a dence on nonrenewable and polluting diverse construction firm with over a sources of energy. decade of experience in not only solar, Enter solar. By installing a photovolbut also crane service, excavation, contaic (solar-electric) system on your propcrete, farm and home building services erty you take control of your energy and more. With a service territory of future and essentially “lock-in” your approximately Albany to Burlington, electric costs for 25 years or more. Banks Positive Energy really is your local and local credit unions have taken notice source for solar in the Adirondack and of the tremendous annual growth (60Green Mountain regions. plus percent) in the solar industry and To learn more or to request a free are now offering a variety of financing quote, visit options. Imagine replacing your current or feel free to stop by to see Joe (President) electric bill with an equivalent monthly or Khanti (VP) at the Positive Energy solar payment, and in around 10 years, main office/showroom at 17 West Main owning your system outright and elimiSt., Granville, NY. Walk-ins welcome, but nating all electric costs completely. This appointments are preferred: 518-642-8120 has become a reality. (NY) / 802-659-4795 (VT).

The old general store in South Argyle provides the perfect setting for Rich Entwistle’s business, which he calls “The Stovery.” Hearths and fireplaces are his specialty, along with wood, gas and pellet stoves and inserts to keep you toasty warm during the cold and blustery weather. The Stovery is in a Route 40 building “That lends itself to a specialty business like the hearth and stove industry – a country atmosphere for a back-to-basics business, providing alternative heat sources. Green up with smart heat and help our country reduce its independence on foreign oil.” Rich Entwistle, “The Stovery has been helping families for 34 years with smart heat solutions,” Entwistle said. Certified installation techs cater to customers of The Stovery, which provides a selection of products, service and installation at very competitive pricing. After 34 years, The Stovery is still growing, adding new products and services. Staff is continually being trained and techs are sent to school for certification of wood, pellet and gas products. We have over 4,000 square feet of showroom displaying over 100 units. Entwistle said

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owner he personally shops with local businesses as much as possible to support other business people and keep tax money local. “We support local fire companies, rescue squads and youth baseball, and other special interest groups,” he said. When he has free time, Entwistle said he loves outdoor sports – hunting, fishing and camping. For more information about the products and services offered at The Stovery, stop in or call (518) 638-8950, or check out “We are the home of soothing fires.”

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Bardin's Tire Service and Expert Auto Repair

American Hardware Experienced, helpful staff the key 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, kero wicks, and Forney welding supplies. “Ninety percent of the time when a customer says ‘I know you don’t have this, I’ve been from Rutland to Glens Falls and I can’t find one,’ we have it in stock on the shelf,” said Wendy Hunter.

59 years in business

Roy Rathbun and David Linendoll 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 19 years, Kyle 15 years, Tom Quiggle has 13 years and Roy Rathbun has 12 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.

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 59 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 the Granville High School. The company is 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 here 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 Lakes 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,” Bardin explained.

Mark Bardin, owner The business also houses a one-bay car wash. “It’s a Lazer Touchless Car Wash,” Bardin added. Customers can drive around to the back of the bulding, place their money in the fully automated machine and sit in the comfort of their car as it is 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 cleaning corrosive salt off your car during the winter months. “We’re always available for all of our customer needs,” Bardin said. “We offer 59 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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Lakes Region Laundromat Not your grandmother's Laundromat Admit it, no one likes to do laundry, but at Lakes Region Laundromat we can make the laundering experience a little less painful and save you time and money. Lakes Region Laundromat is located on Route 30 just north of Castleton Comers. This family owned and operated Laundromat business was built is 2003 from the Cleanliness is a priority at Lakes Region Laundromat. ground up by the Mulholland minutes for 25 cents. By doing an averfamily, made up of Bill and age-sized load in a 20-pound front load Kevin Mulholland and Allison Harvey. They saw a need for a clean, easily machine, you can wash and dry in less accessible and well-run laundry facility than an hour. We offer many of the amenities of to accommodate the Castleton community and surrounding areas. The busi- home such as a clean restroom, snack ness is currently being operated solely and soda vending machines, daily newsby Allison Harvey, her husband, Phil, paper for reading, cable television, wireand teen-age children Dakota and Trent, less Internet, and soap supplies. We’re as her dad has recently retired from the air conditioned in the summer months and have a large basin sink. Our water is daily operations and moved to Maine. Our facility is brightly lit with modem softened, which makes your soap work energy efficient equipment. We offer more efficiently and hot water is instantwashing machines in four sizes: Three ly available to our machines. Our convenient Castleton Corners of the traditional top loaders, which take about 45 minutes per load, six location gives you easy access to other 20-pound front loaders, which average nearby retail offerings – all within walkabout 23 minutes per load, four 30-pound ing distance. As a family-run business, we take front loaders, averaging 25 minutes per load and three 50-pound front loaders for pride in our clean, modern reasonably large family loads or king-size comfort- priced and dependable service. We care about the environment you ers or quilts, which average about 30 are in while doing your laundry, and minutes per load. We have dryers: Two 50-pound dryers cleanliness is our priority. Any quesat the rate of 25 cents for four minutes tions, comments or concerns, please call and 14 30-pound dryers at a rate of six (802) 671-8025.

Discount Food Of Poultney 10 years of customer dedication 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 my brother Richard, Russell &Susan Merrill took ownership in December 2002. We have been operating it as a family business since then with all our children involved at Russell Merrill, owner, with his dedicated staff. times over the years. We over the past 10 years. now employ eight to 10 people on a reguWe are located on the corner of lar basics, with more than half having Furnace and Main Streets in Poultney. been with us for over 5 years. We have a Open Monday through Saturday, from wonderful staff of dedicated employees 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and closed on who help keep our business growing. Sundays. Find us on Facebook for all our Many thanks to our wonderful cuslocal happenings!! tomers who have faithfully supported us

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Ducharme Funeral Home in Castleton

Dedicated to helping during difficult times 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. Ducharme has owned his own funeral home since it opened in Castleton in 2002. The Poultney funeral home opened in June 2010. He credits his involvement with the Castleton Emergency Squad 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-inlaw, 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

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Woods Agency Inc.

Tot's Diner

Generations of excellent service

Celebrating 16 years!

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

Since opening in 1996, says Tot’s Diner owner Theresa O. Turner, “I have met such wonderful people including a couple of the governors of Vermont, in the 16 years of my business. We hope to think we are a friendly and homey place Theresa, owner 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 ordered’ … how true this is.” “We had one of the students from Green Mountain College come in and tell us that when she got off the plane and went through customs they asked where she was going, she said Poultney. They told her to make sure she goes to Tot’s.” How honored we felt. The Poultney Rotary Club meets here every Tuesday and we just really enjoy having them here every week. When the alumni of GMC come in town it’s nice to meet the new students and it’s nice because they share their lives with us as if we have been in their families forever. We always remember them! Our customers are our family!! I have seven grandchildren – six girls and one boy. “Everyone of my grandchildren have worked for me starting as a dishwasher.

Holly, Nina and Crissy Jess, Aliccia, Alison and Kim have all waitressed. Criss and Amanda have dishwashed and haven’t waitressed yet. Criss Loomis is not my granddaughter but has worked here for 13 years; Nina Corbin has been here for five years. Tina Ballard works part time and Holly Ross is now a part of our team. In Theresa’s spare time, she caretakes for five cottages at the lake and she is now the new fundraiser at the parish for St. Raphael’s church along with Father Sean Dowling. Come on over and have a great conversation and “forget what you ordered” because they won’t remember if you don’t. We are a fun bunch and look forward to meeting everyone and sharing some good times and a good laugh. Located at 25 Main St., Poultney, Tot’s Diner is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. till 1 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. till noon. Give us a call to set up for your next meeting, take out order or just to chat at 802-287-2213.

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Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply

Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply

Quality parts, excellent service Customer service is a 45-year-old family tradition at Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply. Sam and Jeannette Macomber started the business with the goals of providing quality auto parts and excellent customer service, and brothers-in-law Alan Macomber of the Poultney store and Jim Egan in Fair Haven have continued to carry on that tradition. The company is pleased to have been able to use that approach to keep the same customer base for the last four decades. “We have kept the same customers, because we knock ourselves out for them,” Egan said. “My guys will go the extra mile for them, and if someone else can do a job better than us, we are not afraid to refer our customers to some-

body else. I do not think that many other places do that.” Egan points out the two stores not only meet customers’ automotive needs, but also have parts for everything from lawn tractors to trucks. “We can fix just about anything with an engine,” he said. Egan also pointed out that Fair Haven/Poultney also always choose the top-end parts and carried a complete supply of tools for customers to use in doing their own work. The stores are each on Main Street in their respective towns and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The stores are closed on Sundays. For further information, call Fair Haven at 802-265-3012 or Poultney at 802287-9211.

Lake Champlain Coal Co. Heating fuels – including coal – come with ‘good service’ When the weather takes a wintry turn and puts thoughts of home heating on your mind, turn to Lake Champlain Coal Co. Inc., in Whitehall, N.Y., which has the products and service to ward off winter’s fiercest attacks, and leave your home toasty warm. The Benjamin family has been at the head of the Lake Champlain Lake Champlain Coal bulk propane truck Coal Co. for four generations, since than go outside of town, Benjamin said. Otis C. Benjamin bought the coal “We’re a local family. Lake Champlain business from a fellow named Holden more than 75 years ago. Today under the Coal Co. is now in its fourth generation ownership of Leslie Benjamin, the com- of leadership and operation with Les’ pany continues to serve the heating sons. We do service, which a lot of the needs of the greater Whitehall commu- bigger companies have stopped offering. And if your furnace breaks down in the nity by offering a range of products. Karen Benjamin, office manager, said middle of the night, we can be there, Lake Champlain Coal carries fuel oil, K1 usually within in a short period of time, kerosene, propane and, yes, coal, in four where they have to come from out of different sizes. They also offer repair town.” Lake Champlain Coal also gives back services for furnaces and heating systems, even 24 hours a day in emergen- to the community, sponsoring a Little League team every year and supporting cies. The company has 12 staff members school causes, the Slate Valley Museum who are well-versed in the information in Granville, and snowmobile clubs. The company plans to continue the they need to know to give customers the vision that has kept them in business for best possible service. No doubt, over the past several win- more than seven decades. “We intend to ters, you’ve seen the familiar red and maintain the same great commitment of black trucks rolling through the providing honest, reliable service to our Whitehall community on a delivery or customers,” Benjamin said. Lake Champlain Coal is located at 2 heating mission. The fleet includes three coal trucks, four oil trucks, and two pro- North Main St., Whitehall, on the west pane trucks, as well as four service side of the canal lock at the base of Lake Champlain. trucks. For information on how they can The fact that they are a local company is one important reason for people to meet your home heating needs, stop by support Lake Champlain Coal rather or call 518-499-1212. Residential & Commercial

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Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest

Pine Grove Motel

Service for all makes and models Before you can spruce up your lawn, you’ll want to make sure your lawn mowers, tractors and trimmers are in good running condition. See the experts at Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest in Castleton, who’ll identify any problems and fix them, fast. Customers are encouraged to bring their mowers and trimmers in early for the quickest There is plenty of lawn-care equipment at Bruce Colvin Lawn turnaround. Bruce Colvin has and Forest quality service that they were used to,” been running the business at 142 Blissville Road for five Colvin said. “We work on any and everyyears now and he offers myriad services, thing we can get parts for.” Most locations, he said, only service such as small engine repair, parts and service for lawn tractors, push mowers, the make and models they sell. Colvin said his shop was a no-brainer chain saws, roto-tillers, ice augers, chipwhen he leased it because the facility pers and compact tractors. “I have been working 25-plus years in needed virtually no renovations. “It was set up and ready to go, enabling this line of work and I’m the only one in the area that has a full line of logging me to start my business,” Colvin said. Bruce Colvin Lawn and Forest sersupplies, skidder cables, chains, logger safety apparel and chain saw chains that vices a wide variety of brands, including can be made for any model saw,” Colvin Noma, Murray, Troybuilt, Ariens, Jiffy, Yard Machines, Cub Cadet, John Deere said. The store also carries oil and batter- Wheelhorse and Solo. “Why go out of town when the experiies. Colvin said he opened the lawn and ence and knowledge is here?” Colvin said. forest center for several reasons. So if your lawn and log equipment “With the closing of Stevens Lawn and Garden I felt it was important that are not quite up to par, call Bruce at (802) people could still count on the same 265-8708.

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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 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 and quiet and include Wi-Fi Internet, flat screen TVs with cable service, central a/c and a mini-fridge. The Pine Grove is in close proximity to Green Mountain and Castleton colleges, Saratoga, Lake George, Manchester, Vt., and six major ski areas within an hour. We use ecofriendly cleaning products. Mrs. Tressler is not a newcomer to

business ownership. She owned and operated a successful printing business on the east end of Long Island where she grew up on a large working farm. When not working at the motel, she is at her farm, Heritage Manor, in Hebron with her husband, real estate broker Bob Tressler, and their herd of alpacas , several horses, chickens, cats and dogs. Mary Lou is an active member in the Granville Assembly of God Church, and the Granville and Poultney Chambers of Commerce. The Pine Grove Motel is open 7 days a week, year round. Please contact us at 518.642.4627 or by e-mail, ml4184@yahoo. com for rates and availability. (Reserve early, the rooms fill up FAST!) “Granville has been good to my family and I am looking forward to giving back a successful business to my community.”

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Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C.

Kayla, Susan, Brooke, Emily, Bridget, Ryan, Donna and Carol

A trusted, local resource for physical therapy serving the Granville and Fair Haven communities for over 20 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 over 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 22st year in Granville and our 11th 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 our computer-based balance program which allows the patient to obtain objective data about their balance and to know what their risk of falling could be. This then allows our clinicians to design a program for them to reduce the risk of falls and injury! 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 with home exercise programs, in-house educational bulletin boards, and educational newspaper articles geared towards improved wellness and injury prevention. Physical therapy offers individuals a conservative noninvasive 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) 6429519. In Fair Haven, the office is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The phone number is (802) 265-4055.

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Dan Kearney's Used Cars Cars and campers, for 35 years 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 10 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 year, the business also added Riverside RVs to its stable of new campers. Riverside makes another Dan and Joe Kearney lightweight, towable RV from said. “We have a very detailed website a company with very high standards for showing our entire inventory 24/7; even quality and craftsmanship. our campers are listed for people to see. The business is at 770 Business Route People should always know we are open 4A in Center Rutland. The phone numonline at and ber is 802-775-2915. It is open from 8 a.m. will answer all emails as promptly as to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 possible.” a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The firm has always been a big supJoe Kearney said the beginning of the porter of the local community, taking an company stemmed from finding the interest in supporting schools, and other right place to set up the business. programs through advertising and spon“It was the ideal situation, a building sorship. large enough to pull cars and trucks Joe Kearney has one more advantage inside with plenty of parking outside for over some other camper dealers. display that also had room to grow the “Like a lot of our customers I am also business on either side of us,” he said. a camper and enjoy using the products “The room for expansion was a key part we sell,” he said. “My kids love to camp of this building it has really allowed us and then I can tell people better how to to grow and expand our business. use the campers, and sometimes where “People always seem to be amazed to go camping. It has become a very fun that for a small car dealer we do have a and interesting part of our business.” very nice showing on the Internet,” he

53rd Annual LIONS CLUB


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6:00 p.m. Castleton Green Main Street Castleton, Vermont

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All proceeds from auction go toward local projects such as: Hunter Safety, Holiday Baskets, Conservation Camp, Scholarship Funds,Washington Close Up, Green Up Day, Fishing Derby for Kids, Halloween Parties, Eye Assistance Program, Hearing Assistance Program, Area School Trips, Little League,V.A.C., and MORE Appraisal Service available for donated antique items. Auctioneers: Glenn Merrill and Chris Mars

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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. You’ll find the “all-time low prices” for camps on Lake St. Catherine here? _______________________________________________________________________________ 2. This is the place to find “Misty’s homemade soap” and all natural bug spray? _______________________________________________________________________________ 3. Buy one key here and, by golly, get the next one free? _______________________________________________________________________________ 4. It may sound corny, but you can get lost here and have a whole lot of fun doing it? _______________________________________________________________________________ 5. Throw your clubs in your boat and head on over here to play 9? _______________________________________________________________________________ 6. U.S. customs officials recommend you eat here? _______________________________________________________________________________ 7. Vermont’s his home and you can put that in stone? _______________________________________________________________________________ 8. Your “little critters” will have a whole lot of fun here? _______________________________________________________________________________ 9. He’s a “go-to” guy whose had you covered for 42 years now? _______________________________________________________________________________ 10. It’s the only place in the world where you actually enjoy burdock? _______________________________________________________________________________ Just answer the ten questions and mail to the Lakes Region FreePress, PO Box 330, Granville, NY 12832. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 10 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. 13. 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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Indian River Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

The staff at Indian River Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

Caring, compassion, respect … come see the Indian River difference Indian River Rehab & Nursing Center is a short-term, subacute rehabilitation center featuring physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as a longterm 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 rehab, Indian River has made available additional private rooms which are offered based on availability. “Our staff is very caring, considerate and passionate about the care we provide, said administrator Renee Groesbeck. “We provide personalized, motivating, short-term rehab 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 rehab department, which in 2009 went under expansive renovations to meet the community’s growing needs. The dedicated rehab unit offers 40 beds devoted to short-term rehabilitation services for those in need after surgery or illness. Indian River Rehab also provides physician services, transportation to doctor visits and dialysis treatments at Glens Falls Hospital and the Rubin Center in Saratoga, dietary expertise, social services, daily activities, beauty/barber shop, housekeeping, 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. Staff at Indian River Rehab includes our new director of rehabilitation services, Erin Summers, who we are excited and pleased to have join our team. She has a dynamic team of experienced, licensed physical, occupational and speech/swallowing therapists, whose training includes the new, innovative VitalStim therapy, with the goal of optimizing a resident’s independence to return home after surgery or an illness. Kim Flory, director of nursing, comes to Indian River with many years of nursing experience and with extraordinary dedication and leadership skills. Physicians overseeing Indian River’s medical care are the medical director, Dr. Jennifer Hayes, Dr. Nawed Siddiqui, 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. 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. 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.

The Shoppe at 105 Main A fun place to shop Katherine Morey and grandson Cory would like to thank their customers, both local and visiting, for supporting The Shoppe At 105 Main in Poultney. Response to the business has been extremely positive. Customers are excited by the variety, quality, and cleanliness of the merchandise as well as by how it’s displayed. 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 At 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, although my prices are much lower than the original,

Katherine, owner and grandson Cory 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. Do you need a pair of boots or shoes? For something new, Katherine’s Random Knits (K’s R Ks) has been added to her store. K’s R Ks features her very own hand-knitted scarves 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, 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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by chance on Sunday and Wednesday. Closed Monday. For more information, call 802-287-2239 or 518-744-9352 ... or just stop by!

DISCOUNT FOOD OF POULTNEY Corner of Furnace & Main Streets, Poultney, VT Monday - Saturday 8:30am - 5:30pm


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New & Gently Used Furniture Collectibles • Books Antiques • Kitchenware Home Decor • Rugs Bed & Bath • Clothing Jewelry • Perennials K’s R Ks Hand Knits

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Great Service Enthusiastic encouragement Help at all times An upbeat environment

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Dan Turco & Sons Yamaha

Williams Hardware

Dan Turco's Crew - Joe, Heather, Jessey, Kathy, Andrew and Bruce

Four decades of service In 1970, Dan and Shirley Turco founded a small motorcycle sales company that has grown over the last 40 years, both in terms of product and family employees. It is now known as Dan Turco & Sons. The company, which sells power sport products and also provides service, is at 62 North Shrewsbury Road in North Clarendon, which is on Route 7, just south of Rutland. It also sells parts, apparel, machine accessories helmets and other items. The company is the oldest Yamaha dealer in the state still family-owned. Its goal is to treat people the way the employees and owners would like to be treated. Turco & Sons supports the local community through fundraisers and events,

as well as being part of many local riding groups. The staff and management at Turco & Sons are proud of the way they take care of and serve their friends, neighbors and the community in general and have for more than four decades. The company has recently remodeled and added new employees to help with service. Turco & Sons is here to serve all their customers’ needs with years of experience and professionalism that cannot be found anywhere else. The company is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is 802-773-8650.


Bob Williams, Alan-Glen Burneils, Anthony Mazur, Seth Carpenter, Donna Simons, Hank Ziegler, Joel Owens, Emily Kelley, Joel Rudnici and Dave Nicho

Sixty-seven years and still going strong! Newman Williams started Williams Hardware in 1946 with the help of his father Russell I. Williams. Now Newman’s son Bob continues the tradition. Bob and his employees recently finished a major store renovation. Bob says “we have all new shelving, fixtures and peg hooks in the entire store. We have also added thousands of dollars of merchandise to help us better serve our customers.” While Bob wanted the entire store better, there were three areas he is especially pleased with. The first area that was expanded was the kitchen and faucets which increased from four to five feet and now has a variety of brushed nickel sinks and tub faucets. They also have a great selection of towel bars, rings and hooks in a variety of finishes and colors. “I’ve also increased my selection of door knobs from four to 12 feet. This selection gives me a wider variety of knobs and lever locks also in brushed nickel, brass and chrome,” Bob says. “We also have nice display boards of product we can special order with weekly delivery. Across the aisle from this display is 12 feet of cabinet hardware that we stock and another 12 feet of product on display that you can see and touch, and also special order with weekly delivery,” Bob said. This gives the customer a wide variety to choose from

to get just what they want. The third area Bob is really excited about is the nuts and bolts aisle. He now carries 48 feet of product that includes six feet of stainless steel products, much more galvanized product and a large increase in metric product. He has also increased his assortment of hardware found in pull out drawers from 134 drawers to over 250 different assortments of small, hard-to-find products. True Value’s design of the new store has increased product in every area. Combine this with the normal rental products, lawn and garden, and a lumber yard and you will find most everything needed to do your projects. “Our customers come in and simply can’t believe how great the store looks,” Bob says. “They all say it look so much bigger and brighter. They also seem to like the polished concrete floors much more than I expected.” Williams Hardware is located right on Main Street in Poultney and customers can call at 802-287-5791. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and our website at for lots of great information and store specials. Williams Hardware is open 7 days a week, and the newly renovated store certainly makes it a destination True Value. Remember … start right, start here.

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The Knapp family has opened Slate Valley Liquidators at 912 Route 4A West in Hydeville (Next to Big Bob’s) as way to help local families find reasonable shopping prices in these uncertain economic times. The store specializes in new clothing and electronics, as well as jewelry, housewares and Pine Hill Coffee. The family wanted to stay local and take advantage of the opportunity to offer new merchandise from great brands at surprisingly low prices. “Unlike a lot of discount stores, we sell brands with great reputations,” the Knapps Barbara Knapp, Greg Knapp Jr. with sons Michael say. “We believe in quality and and Alex. Missing from photo are Greg Knapp Sr. delivering the best price.” and Laurel Knapp Customers should know the quality of the clothing is very to being involved in local organizations. high and prices throughout the store are The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to low. The family also remains committed 6 p.m.; call them at 802-345-6342.

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M&B Auto Salvage

Poultney House of Pizza Much more than just pizza

Jeff, Rob, Darren, Michael, Mitch and Keith

Faster and 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 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 the other important aspects 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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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 Nick Nanapoulos business for a long time. “I took it over in 1997,” he explained. “I’ve been doing this for 33 “One of my friends owned it before I did years. I owned a restaurant out in Tucson, Ariz., but moved back here so I had the opportunity to take over for because most of my family is from the him.” Patrons can eat in or take out. The area,” he said. In fact, some of his family eatery is open Tuesday through assists him at the restaurant including his daughter Lia and trusted employee Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday’s from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from Brandy. Poultney House of Pizza has been 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 9 serving the community of Poultney p.m. They are closed on Mondays. They can be reached at 802-287-9439. since the 1970s, the best anyone can “It’s good quality recipes and good recall. The shop has had several owners quality food,” said Nanopoulos. over the years, Nanopoulos being the most recent.

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We at Poulos offer a variety of products to make our agency a one-stop shop for home, auto, business, workers’ compensation, life, health, medical, Medicare supplements and many more. Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can be reached at (802) 247-2324 or (800) 700-2324. You may also visit our website at to see our other 12 convenient offices or at either of these emails: Jen can be reached at and Vanessa at

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DS Masonry We're there for whatever you need “Don’t be afraid to ask, we can perform most any job” is the motto at DS Masonry in Poultney, Vt. Open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Damon Straw’s crew is ready to provide masonry, landscaping, foundation repairs, residential and commercial brick, block, stone and tile work as well as excavation, trench work and even demolition work for customers across the area. One word describes what they do — multitask. “Why hire three different tradesmen when I can do everything — stay local,” Straw said. DS Masonry was self-started by Straw in 1980. “I started with my dad and uncle working after school and weekends, liked it and stayed with it,” Straw said. Although he’s tried other places, this is where he wants to stay. “I was born here, I moved to Florida for a short time, but it wasn’t for me, my home is Vermont,” Straw said. What comes around every year and brings a halt to most masonry work especially in the Green Mountain State? Snow. No problem for DS Masonry customers. “We are a multitasking company. To

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Affordable fine food and always fun Damon Straw, owner stay busy in the winter we do snow removal, plowing, roof de-icing and clean-ups,” Straw said. Straw said he’s most proud of the employees and the quality of work and the professional way they have of conducting business each day. To contact DS Masonry call 802-2875139 or find us on Facebook!

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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 for Granville area residents, who keep the restaurant hopping at Ames Plaza on Quaker Street, across from Cumberland Farms. And AJ’s offers take-outs, too. Boasting “great food, great drinks, great prices,” AJ’s offers steaks, burgers, seafood, poultry and Italian dishes, along with a large salad bar with homemade coleslaw, potato salad, soups and bread. But if you’re really hungry, do try the prime rib. “The prime rib is not to be missed,” said Tina Wilson, the restaurant’s manager. “We are known for our prime rib.” AJ’s patrons eat well, whatever they order, without draining their bank accounts. Prices are relatively modest and the atmosphere is casual, friendly and relaxing. 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 choose from.

Helen and Tina from AJ's If you’re inclined to have a pick-meup after work come on into the Lounge and have some great specials either on Tuesday nights for ribs, Wednesday nights for steamers or on Thursday nights for wings. 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 … 1/2 off the regular price. So come on down and enjoy a great family day! Call the Granville Lanes and Fun Center; they can be reached at 518-642-9855.

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Lakeside Realty

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It's performance, not just promise Realtor’s state director Celebrating our 19th and sat on the year in the spectacular Association’s executive Lakes Region of Rutland committee in 2001 and County, we are committed 2002. Lori has served in to the highest level of many capacities on the integrity, knowledge and local level, treasurer for professional service. In two years, president elect real estate, results speak and in 1998 served as the louder than words! president of the Rutland Lakeside Realty enjoys an County Board of Realtors. enviable record of bringAfter being president, she ing buyers and sellers served as a local director. together at Lake St. Lori has kept up-toCatherine. Our reputation date on the constant is unparalleled for finding changes in real estate law astute buyers and matchand practice and adheres ing them to our lakefront to the Realtor’s strict code properties. Our knowledge of ethics. In 1998 Lori was of the Lakes Region, atten- Lori Andrus Winn awarded “Realtor of the tion to detail and our 19 years of proven results smooth the hur- Year” and for a total of five years has dles of buying and selling. Lakeside achieved membership in the Honor Realty offers you exceptional: Society in recognition of continued conProfessional service, personal attention, tributions, achievements in education and community service. customized marketing and results. There is a difference in agents. Lori is New England Lakeside Realty, Inc., better known simply as “Lakeside committed to advanced education and Realty,” is celebrating its 19th year in has earned the following designations: Wells, Vt. We take pride in having earned GRI, CRS, CBR. Only 5 percent of all a fine reputation in the community. Realtors have the significant experience, Since opening, we have been the leading volume of real estate transactions and producer as both the listing and selling advanced education to hold the CRS desoffice at Lake St. Catherine. Our philoso- ignation. If you’re serious about buying phy is to build strong lifelong relation- or selling a home, working with a resiships, one person at a time, by delivering dential specialist can give you a definite world-class service to our clients and advantage. To contact Lori, please call 802-645customers. 9001, visit her website at www.vtlakeLori Andrus Winn, president of or send an email to: info@ Lakeside Realty, is an active member of the REALTOR Association. She has or just stop in at her office in the heart of Wells on Route 30. served as the Vermont Association of

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Herbs, outdoors are Second Nature Parsley sagely advised Rosemary to take the thyme to check out the savory selections at Second Nature Herb Farm. You can save a mint on medicinal herbs as well – echinacea, arnica, licorice, feverfew and elecampane. Spice up your summer teas with lemon balm, lemon verbena, chamomile, tulsi, mojito mint and stevia. Grow your own with plants from Second Nature. From aloe to yarrow, Second Nature has the herb for you! Many herbs are perennials, like lavender, oregano, lovage and valerian, so they will come back every year – it’s

never too late to plant flavorful, nutritious, healing herbs! For us, outdoor spaces are Second Nature. We continue to offer unique northern New England landscape design services as we have for the last 15 years. Come visit us and choose from almost 100 varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs at our greenhouses on Mill Pond Road in Wells, Vt. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Phone (802) 645-9346 for directions. You’ll rue the day you didn’t stop by!


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School House Apartments

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A wonderful alternative for elderly When living at home becomes financially strained or the upkeep is too much, School House apartments located on Main Street in beautiful Poultney, Vt., offer a wonderful alternative to those who are 62 years of age and older or handicapped households. School House Apartments is a low-income housing alternative for the elderly subsidized by

the federal governments HUD (Housing And Urban Development Division) program. So 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.

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We look forward to serving you help others have a good time and also 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, whether it's a small dinner party for a few or a ridiculous mudfest for 200, the results will be the same.” The store is growing quickly thanks to its customers. They opened with minimal inventory but are filling the shelves with customer requests. “We love it,” said Shena. “We have a Facebook page for Edwards Liquor Warehouse. We post tastings, new inventory additions and customers share their party stories and recipes with each other.” There you can also keep up with giveaways, secret sales and daily tastings of wine, vodka or tequila. There are discounts for seniors 62 and up, correction officers, military, law enforcement and firefighters. Try a game of “Liquor Roulette,” where customers can spin to win some great prizes. Buy and liter, wine or liquor and get $3.00 off your tenth bottle. “Stop in and visit with us,” said Shena. “We love being apart of the community and look forward to spending time with you for many years to come.” We are located at the old Edwards Supermarket at 11A West Main St., Granville, 518-642-1111. Hours are10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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 15 with her mom, 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.” Frank Smith of Edwards Liquor Warehouse grew up in Hartford, N.Y. After he graduated high school he did four years of service in the U.S. Army. After the Army, he worked for Smart Level Construction where he learned to frame houses. He later started his own framing business which he ran for four years, and he is currently a New York State Correctional Officer. “When we learned that the space at Edwards Supermarket was available it was a no-brainer,” he said. “We said, 'where else really.' The location is perfect, having Jean Edwards as a team member made it even more appealing.” “We love knowing that we are able to

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Stone Valley Community Market

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Celebrating 1st anniversary The Stone Valley Community Market, the newest addition to Poultney’s downtown shopping district, is a locally owned food cooperative that has come about thanks to the collaboration over the past five years among a growing body of dedicated area residents, local business owners and Green Mountain College students, along with generous funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Fund of New England — it is truly a communitydriven and community-owned effort. The Market is a modern take on an old concept — a store where folks can get the staples they need for their larders, from fresh, local produce, meats, baked goods and dairy products, to responsibly produced canned goods and other nonperishable Stone Valley Community Market groceries, high-quality fied to see that folks who come in to shop loose bulk foods such as spices, flour, tend to stay and chat — with us, with beans, and grains for economical shopneighbors who are also in the store, or ping, as well as alternative health- and simply with fellow shoppers they run body-care products, Fair Trade goods, into in the aisles or at the counter. Our and environmentally friendly and nonplay area has been a boon to parents toxic home cleaning products. shopping with young children. And we Stone Valley Community Market is think our Fair Trade and small farmerpart of a worldwide network of cooperagrown bulk coffee selections are the tives. The year 2012 was declared by the best-tasting around!” United Nations as the International Year Stone Valley Market welcomes young of the Cooperative, recognizing that and old to shop. If you’ve never shopped cooperative enterprises build a better in a store that offers bulk foods, come in world, and are a reminder that it is posand ask us how you can purchase your sible to pursue economic viability and food by the pinch or the by the pound. social responsibility. Membership is encouraged, but not The Market, with its cozy atmosphere required. Members are our store ownand room to gather, also serves as a place ers, and receive extra benefits, which to catch up with friends and neighbors. include special sales and coupons, and Located in a historic building at 216 — and as equity owners, they have a say Main St. (across from the library), Stone in how the Market does business. Valley Market is open seven days a week, Members also have the chance to take an from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday until active role in their store by becoming 8 p.m. member-workers and receive member – “The board and I are thrilled at the worker discounts. support the community has shown,” For more information about the Stone said the co-op’s general manager, Julia Valley Community Market, visit www. Riell. “Since the moment we opened our; e-mail gm@stodoors last year, business has been steady, or call (802) 287and growing, and it is all we can do to 4550. keep up with demand. We’re also grati-

Justin and Tom Lilly

Quality equals success Through his many years in business Tom Lilly knows quality workmanship, customer service and fair prices equal success. Attention to “detail” is everything. Tom’s Professional Auto Reconditioning offers expert auto detailing and collision repair. Tom was inspired to go into business in 1983 because he enjoyed taking something worn and making it look new, and he liked repairing cars in general. “There was no real competition at the time,” he adds. In 1985 the business became a full-time operation and he chose the location on Route 4A because it had great exposure, being the main road between Castleton and Fair Haven. “People would be very surprised to know how many vehicles we have done




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over the years and the amount of time spent on each vehicle, at least eight hours.” Tom stated. “I am really proud of the repeat business we have built over the years.” Tom’s son Justin also has worked by his side a great number of hours. In 2012, Tom’s son Justin took over with guidance from Tom. Tom is off on a few new ventures. “We’re here to stay!” said Lilly. When asked why someone should patronize his business, he replied: “Why travel? We’re right here, offering the best rates and most experience around!” To schedule an appointment call 802265-4406 or stop by, 1465 Route 4A in Castleton. Your vehicle will be glad you did!




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Whitehall, NY

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Margaret and Mark McChesney photo by Linda Atwood, At The Woods Studio

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Birthplace of the U.S. Navy 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. 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 dining! 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

Where every entree on the menu is $13 “That’s right, every entree on the menu is only $13 -- all night, every night,” say restaurant owners and your hosts, Mark and Margaret McChesney. “Our restaurant has more character than photos can capture, from the rustic warmth of our two stone fireplaces, to the cozy feel of the dining room loft. We normally stock over 30 beer labels, almost 100 liquor and cordial labels.” You choose a restaurant first because of the food it serves. You know good food. You appreciate it. You will like what The Barn does. We buy whole fish and whole cuts of meat. Our shellfish is exactly the way it came out of the shell and as many of our vegetables as possible come from our own garden, or the gardens of our neighbors. We trim, season, prepare, and cook everything ourselves, creating the most

delicious steaks, seafood dishes, and pasta/chicken/vegetarian dishes you will find anywhere. We are The Barn. And you will love our food. We will do everything possible to accommodate your reservation requests but cannot always guarantee a particular table. If you are making a reservation with less than 24 hours notice, you must call 802-325-3088 to reserve your table. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email or phone call from us. We are open at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights. We look forward to having you join us, your hosts -- Mark and Margaret. Please visit us on the Web at We are located on Route 30 in Pawlet, Vermont. Or follow us on Facebook!


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The Liquor Stop 15 years of liquors and wines The Liquor Stop in the Price Chopper Plaza is celebrating its 15th year! The store offers a wide selection of liqueurs, brandy, cognac, Scotch, wine and Champagne. They also have a wonderful selection of New York State wines such as Hazlitt and Salmon Run from the Finger Lakes, Montezuma from Seneca Falls, and local New York State wines from the Slyboro Cider Mill at Hicks Orchard located in Granville. Their newest offerings are adult cocktail freeze pops by Hazzy’s in margarita, pina-passion, watermelon, blue-raspberry, orange crème, and cherry. Malibu ready-todrink pouches are available in a variety of flavors and perfect for any party. Arbor Mist also has wine pouches that are freezable. We also now carry Vine Smoothies, wine smoothies in strawberry, peach, pina colada, and mixed berry. Another addition to our liquor collection is the popular and affordable spiced rum, Admiral Nelson. We are proud to carry Adirondack Wines from Lake George: We offer a blueberry shiraz, black cherry pinot noir, peach chardonnay, and a strawberry riesling. Red blends are a great seller, we carry them in Apothic red, Cellar 8, Primal Roots, 14 Hands, and Beringer’s to name a few. Our wine selection is as large as that of any other bigger store. And not to mention our assortment of flavored vodkas that have been flying off the shelf. “We provide the Granville area with a wide variety and selection of wines and

liquors,” said owner Dave Linendoll. “We have a mix of four-packs to go including Sutter Home wine, Beringer’s, Margarita minis, Kahlua, and Barefoot wines.” The Liquor Stop provides its customers with a 10 percent discount on any wines bought by the case. Cases may be mixed or special ordered so people can try new wines at a discounted price. We also have created a “Wine Club” where the customer simply writes their name on a card that we keep right at the store and stamp every time they buy a bottle of wine and the 12th bottle they can get for only $1 (up to a $12.99 value). Personalized, friendly service is an aspect of business that the Liquor Stop is known for. At Christmas time they giftwrap bottles in shiny foil for the customer. The owner believes that a lot of people would be surprised to know that they also gift wrap bottles for weddings, bridal showers, or any occasion that you can think of, at no additional cost. “If somebody comes in and asks for something that we do not have, we will go to our distributors and we’ll order one bottle or one case,” Linendoll said. “It is personalized.” Stop in, look around and feel free to say “Hi” to Kailyn, Debi, Brienne, and Linda! For further information on types of wines or liquor variety come in during our business hours Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. or call The Liquor Stop at 518-642-9262.

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Extraordinary fun Are you In search of out-of-the-ordinary fun? Then, visit Benson Vt. Nestled between West Haven and Orwell on Route 22A North, Benson is home to about just over a thousand people who like to do their share of offering the rest of the Lakes Region seasons of fun! Starting in February with the Lake Champlain Down Home Ice Fishing Derby, to the town-wide yard sale in June. In August, an event you just have to see and be a part of, is Benson Family Day and Burdock Festival on Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. This year’s theme is The Circus! 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. What will folks make this year out of those sticky plants? Fun for all ages! 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. 5 & 6 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. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Visit Benson any season. For more information, see

Experience historic elegance in this circa 1867 French Second Empire Vermont bed and breakfast on the village green in Fair Haven. You are invited to come enjoy and unwind in the opulence of a 19th-century marble mansion and marvel at 12-foot-high ceilings decorated with intricate Georgian style plaster crown moldings and ceiling medallions. Curl up with a good book in front of one of the twin marble fireplaces in the double parlor with gleaming herringbone pattern wood floors and double crystal chandeliers. We are offering not only Marble Mansion Inn a relaxing break but a unique experience by taking with our amenities and dedicated attenin the history of the mansion. Built in tion to your needs leaving you feeling 1867 in the French Second Empire style refreshed and renewed. We have nine by relatives of Revolutionary War hero rooms, each named after a famous Ethan Allen, the Allen family was one of author. Enjoy the oriental flair of the Vermont‘s first marble investors. At the Rudyard Kipling room, read “A time marble was readily available and Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the inexpensive to harvest so Ira Allen William Shakespeare room, or discover decided to build a grand home made of the fantasy world Middle Earth in the Vermont marble. The intricacies put J.R.R. Tolkien room. Rooms from $80 into the three-story mansion make it with breakfast. unique in character and grandeur. From Please visit the rest of our site to hand-carved marble mantles around all learn more about getting a break from seven fireplaces to the plaster crown the hectic world in our Vermont B&B. moldings gracing the 12-foot ceilings, Click on “Reservation Request” and step back in time when cost was mea- we’ll be more than happy to help you sured by the finished product and not by find a date to experience the glamour of the hours to complete the job. the 1800s. We hope your stay with us will be 12 West Park Place, Fair Haven, 802-265measured by the finished product along 4556.


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Granville Family Dentistry

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Friendly, technologically advanced Family Dentistry is a privately owned dental office located at 89 North St. in Granville. Our office employs 15 fulltime employees including three dentists and three registered hygienists. Our doctors offer over 60 years of collective experience. We pride ourselves on our caring staff, competitive fees, advanced dental technology and our extended weeknight hours. A majority of our staff members have been with Family Dentistry for over 10 years and live locally. We participate with several insurance companies and have a full-time insurance specialist who is happy to answer any dental insurance question you may have. All of our staff are dedicated and compassionate, and want to make your trip to the dentist a pleasant one. We work very hard to keep our fees competitive and we offer several payment options including CareCredit which is a medical credit card that offers financing at 0 percent in most situations. We also accept MasterCard, Discover, and Visa. Our technologically advanced dental

equipment includes a digital scanner that takes digital impressions. The scanner takes a digital picture of your tooth or several teeth which replaces conventional messy impression material. We also have digital X-rays that use less radiation than the traditional X-ray. In our office we also have a dental laser that is used for small fillings or dental surgery. This can replace more invasive procedures with a shorter healing time. We are open at 7 a.m. daily and are currently offering evening appointments between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. two nights a week, which include appointments for routine hygiene visits and orthodontics. We want to thank our loyal patients for making dentistry a wonderful and fun occupation. We are accepting new patients at this time and would be delighted to make an appointment for anyone needing a dental checkup. You can visit us on Facebook at Granville Family Dentistry to see a more personal side of our office. Hope to see you soon! You can reach us at 518-642-2111 or visit us at

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this summer: Lan Tran – Internship, New York University Brad Loomis – REU, Field Museum in Chicago Emma Lord – REU, Western Kentucky Lara Baxter – Internship, Boston Aquarium Kristina Seitler – REU, Dartmouth College Alexandra Hilliard – REU, Miami University in Ohio Jacqueline Caster – Internship, National Seashore Cape Cod (intern in sea turtle and marine mammal rescue Kim Barrett - Internship, Vermont Parks Nelson Vila-Santana- REU, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories Sean McNamara- REU, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Johnson and Son Bikeworks High quality products and services Johnson and Son Bikeworks is a family-owned, full-service bicycle shop in Hampton, N.Y., offering repairs, new and used bikes, parts and accessories. We maintain an inventory of over 70 used bicycles and have put together many customized used bicycles for less than $100; some for as little as $50. A complete tune-up is $25. We are an authorized dealer for Jamis and Fuji bicycles and maintain an inventory of new hybrid bicycles. Our Jamis Citizen 1 comfort hybrid bikes are a great choice for general recreation and errands, and are suited to paved or dirt roads as well as the rail trail. Everyone who has tried one seems surprised how comfortable and enjoyable they are. Most folks who try one end up taking it home. These bikes start at $340. Buy a new bicycle with us and you get free service and a 10 percent discount for one year. We are also a dealer for Burley bicycle trailers. We have a complete inventory of cycling parts and accessories including an inventory of used parts. We buy/take donations of old bicycles and have rentals. At Johnson and Son Bikeworks, we believe in the value of high quality service and products. High quality products tend to cost more up front but cost less in the long run because they last longer. Because we believe in the products and services we sell, we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee or your money back on everything we sell or repair. We will also match any competitor’s price (including the Internet) for the same item. Our shop specializes in using bikes

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Stop by Johnson and Son Bikeworks for all your biking needs. for everyday riding and as an alternative to driving a car. Our family sold our car two years ago and uses bicycles as our primary transportation. Bicycle trailers make transporting kids, groceries and supplies easier than you might think. Studded snow tires allow for safer winter travel. Using a bicycle as an alternative to a car saves our family money, provides regular exercise, decreases our environmental impact and is fun. Come over and try riding a bicycle that fits you properly, is designed for the type of riding you do, and feels comfortable. You may be surprised to discover how fun riding a bicycle can be. We are located at 41 Greenfield Lane in Hampton, N.Y. The shop is open Wednesday through Friday 10-6, Saturday and Sunday 10-5. Our phone number is (518) 282-9089. We thank the Slate Valley community of New York and Vermont for your continued support and patronage.

Jason Smith, the owner of Castleton Health Center Pharmacy, believes that his local business can serve customers better than national mail order chains are able to. “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 wel-

Jason, Laurel and Tom come, 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; 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.

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Long Trail Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Dan Jones, owner, Lee Sturtevant, Josh Fenton, Bob Colutti, Chad Martelle and Betsy Wescott.

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 and is the school's head girls’ basketball coach. “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.

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 had 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. Outside of work, Jones’ Blue Devils girls basketball team won the 2011 Division 4 state title, the first girls basketball state championship in the history of the school. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys playing golf. He runs a local AAU basketball program, Lakes Region AAU, and he enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Kim, a 1988 PHS grad, and daughters Ali, a 2012 PHS grad, and Hailey a junior at PHS. The company is at 99 Grove St. in Poultney and is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is (802) 2875887.

Gemini Fitness Services Helping the average person Most people know that they will be healthier and feel better if they engage in some sort of physical activity. For many, however, the idea of going to a “gym” is not appealing. They feel selfconscious about being seen with others who are in better shape, they worry about whether or not they can do it, and they don’t really know what to do. Plus, the average person feels somewhat intimidated when the gym has a bunch of the big guys who lift massive weights. Gemini Fitness is designed to help the average person. Someone who is a beginner, may have some physical challenges, or needs extra assistance. Because our goal is to help every individual reach his/her individual goals, we provide encouragement and guidance to our members every day. When you come into Gemini Fitness, you will immediately notice how clean it is. Chances are that you will see some people you know. Our members come in all sizes and shapes, but they are all making a difference in their health and well-being. Our services can be put into three categories. For the basic membership of $10/ week, we give each new member a complete orientation on all the equipment. We help you determine what exercises to do, and how much weight to use. With three nationally certified personal trainers, we are almost always available to answer questions and provide guidance. We offer personal training services in either 30- or 60-minute sessions. Some members will purchase a package of six sessions to fine-tune their workout, while others may buy a package of 36

Lindsay Jr., Lindsay Sr., and Schuyler sessions to have that one-on-one special attention over a number of weeks. We also offer training for small groups of up to 4 people at a time. Training with others is fun and interactive. The cost/person can be as low as $6 per session for 30 minutes. A really special service is our deep muscle relief program. Many people have joint or muscle pain and soreness, most commonly in the low back, hips, or neck/shoulders. With this program, we can relieve your deep muscle discomfort effectively. Members who have tried it just love it. It is also perfect for golfers, because it gives you more range of motion, generating greater club speed without any more power. Gemini Fitness prides itself on its cleanliness, personal service and expertise. We encourage everyone to become more physically active. If you really don’t want to come to a fitness center, stop by and we will give you a complimentary guide to working out at home.

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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 serJohn, Jerry, Jake Miglorie and Grover vice business, offering new and preence. owned cars and trucks, with a full-serWhy would someone patronize their vice and parts department. business rather than one farther away? The Miglorie family bought the busi- “No ‘high pressure’ sales and outstandness in 1975 and employs a full-time staff ing service after the sale.” of 10. “Jerry’s Nissan has been around for “It’s unusual these days for an auto- 35 years and continues to get stronger motive business to be family-owned and and better with family value pricing and operated. It’s also rare to focus on only the best service and parts department in one new car franchise.” the area.” “We have some exciting new models Jerry’s Nissan is located on Route 7 from Nissan,” they said. North in Rutland, and is open Monday The Miglories recently remodeled through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and their showroom and have made improve- Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can ments to the exterior of the property, be reached at (802) 775-2355. further enhancing the customer experi-

Poultney Pools was founded in 1969 and is centrally located with easy access for western Vermont and eastern New York. The company sells and builds in-ground and above-ground pools and hot tubs. One of the most important aspects of the company is that while the Poultney location is seasonal, the West Rutland store is open year-round. In 2010, that store added a wing with more than 8,000 hardware items. In the winter, the store sells rock salt and snow melts at low prices. The company also sells 100-percent hardwood pellets made by Geneva Wood Products of Poultney Pools is the place to go for all your pool and Strong, Maine. The tubs are made by spa needs. staff of problem-solvers. Saratoga Spa Co. in In addition, their customers’ money Latham, NY. The company has chosen a local manufacturer because it has first- stays local, because their employees are hand experience with New York winters local. Poultney Pools has one of the largand builds luxury tubs to run efficiently est pool parts selections in Vermont, specializing in Hayward pumps, filters year round. The business is owned by Rick and white goods and does not subconLantman and Rusty Wescott is also tract pool construction. Their prices compare favorably to even the biggest involved with running it. Some of the reasons they feel they are stores. The business has locations at 551 the right place to go for pools and spas are the fact the firm is close and pro- Rutland Road in West Rutland and 130 vides quality services and good prices. Beaman St., Poultney. The phone numIn additional, it has a knowledgeable ber is (802) 438-2500.

Loomis Paint and Flooring

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Everyone knows who we are Bob and Larry Loomis, owners and contractors have been in this business since 1976. Located in beautiful downtown Poultney, they provide many services and products including carpeting, vinyl and only the best quality paint, Benjamin Moore. They are now carrying a new line of flooring and paint with primer in it. They have three full-time and one part-time employee. “Customers come to us a lot just by word of mouth and our reputation,” say the brothers. “I guess, because we live and have grown up here in Poultney, so everyone knows who we are.” This is a family-run business in a small town and they have many years of experience and many repeat customers. They’re more personal then the Big Box stores. “People know us for selling top quality Benjamin Moore paint and for interior and exterior painting.” Loomis Paint and Flooring also installs carpets, laminates and vinyl flooring on a regular basis. They provide

quality work and excellent customer service while maintaining the welcoming atmosphere of a small-town business where they know their customers on a first-name basis. “Customers have a wonderful experience here in our store because of our expertise and knowledge of the products and services we provide. Why go somewhere outside of Poultney, when it’s all right here.” Cathi is their meeter and greeter! She’s been with Loomis Paint and Flooring for two years now and is still learning and enjoys meeting new people. “She’s very friendly and welcoming to our customers!” Larry’s son Nate also has been working with his father and uncle during his summer vacation. So come on in and meet all of the Loomis family. They’re open from Monday-Friday from 7:30am5:00pm and Saturday from &:30am1:00pm and are located at 200 Main St. in Poultney, and can be reached at 802-2874009.

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Dick Walker Sawmill

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Build a house like Lisa's The best way to tell the story of Dick Walker Sawmill, is, well, to tell a story. This one is about “Lisa’s House.” I’ve worked with some Spartan plans before, some just hen-scratchings on a beer-stained napkin, but the circumstances of Lisa’s house were unusual to say the least. I got a call from Rob, from southern Vermont, who said that he wanted a price on a house just like his, but that Lisa would want a few changes, Would it be all right if she came up tomorrow with a deposit and plans? We can do that. The next day she wheeled right in with a deposit, the plans – “I want it just like this” – and a delivery date. We can do that. In less than five minutes, she was gone. Looking at the plans, we’ve got our hands full. This would be the third house that these folks have ordered from Dick Walker Sawmill. I looked up my plans for their other houses — she had added a walk-out basement with stepped-up concrete on the gable ends, two dormers upstairs (no sizes given), a 5-by-8-foot mud room/porch with stairs. We can do that!? Their other house was 24 feet by 36 feet with 2x10 floor joists on the main floor, 6x8 timber floor joists upstairs and two-inch tongue and groove flooring throughout. Channel rustic pine is the siding with trim boards of 1x4, 6, 8 and 10. Delivery date is approaching, and we gather up and bundle all of this lumber. John Perry arrives with his log truck and pup trailer. We’ve got directions and

a phone number from Lisa and assurance that there is plenty of room to turn around once unloaded (very important.) Good luck John! He is headed to a destination threeand-a-half to four hours north with close to 30 tons of lumber on board. I give him a call in the afternoon. “No problem, I am almost home.” I meet Lisa in Rutland that evening. She has a check for payment in full. I’ve never seen or heard from her again. Lisa’s House from Dick Walker Sawmill turns out to be part of a divorce settlement. Unbeknown to me, a friend sees this house being built — “that’s a Wobbly Walker house!” He talks to the carpenters; they say the lumber came from somewhere near Fair Haven. He gives them a few pointers to clarify some things for them – my drawings are not architect quality. I usually show a builder a building similar to the one that’s being built. “Take pictures and build from them.” About a year later, I get a call from Calais. “I am impressed. I want to build a house just like Lisa’s house!” We can do that! This year we’ve done very little print advertising. We’ve got repeat customers and people who have seen something that they liked. I’ve been in business a long time, and there are lots of Lisa’s houses out there. To contact Dick Walker Sawmill, call 802-273-2077 or stop by for a visit, Evergreen Road, Fair Haven. www.

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Innovative products for many uses Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics 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 30 years. The Foams Group of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics comprises the former Norton Performance Plastics Corp. and Norwood Coated Products Co. The resulting organization has a rich history and extensive expertise in elastomeric foam polymer technology and adhesive systems. Product development began more than 30 years ago and since that time a wide range of high-performing foam products have been commercialized. Products such as thin-gauge highperforming, adhesive-coated bonding tapes, foams for a wide range of gasketing needs, specialty foam formulations for use in sealing log homes, and structural glazing spacer tapes for high-rise glass-clad buildings are just a few of the resulting innovations. These products provide superior performance, increased production efficiencies and cost-effective solutions to the automotive, electronic, transportation, industrial, construction and renewable energy markets. Products include Normount ® bonding tapes; Thermalbond ® structural glazing spacer tapes; Norseal ® Log Home Foam – specialty foam tape for log

home construction; Dynafoam ® – foamin-place gasket material; Korel ® – microcellular foam for gasketing and cushioning; Lo-Skid TM Micro-cellular High Traction Urethane Foam for cushioning and footpads. 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-aroom stud walls, double drywall, exotic soundproof doors … the works. Ultimately, however, he was disappointed in the results, particularly at low frequencies. A research and development firm specializing in specialty coatings and viscoelastic materials was consulted to create a soundproofing material that would outperform current products especially at low frequencies. The result of this simple inquiry into the possible application of viscoelastic technology to improve sound isolation was named 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. For more information visit them at

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Fair Haven Pizza House

It's Justin Time Realty Now a set rate real estate office

Gino, Lucy, Frank,Vito, Gen, Brent, and Giovani. Missing from photo Molly, Rene and Adam.

Consider yourself family Food lovers in the Lakes Region area were in luck when in 1983 Lucy and Gino Spallieri decided to open up a pizza shop in Fair Haven. “We used to visit and saw lots of kids around and knew it would be a perfect place for a pizza shop,” Lucy said. The building at 33 Main St. had been in the family, so naturally they settled their shop in the comfort of downtown Fair Haven. To this day, the shop is still family owned and operated by Lucy and Gino and their sons, Frank and Vito, along with Vito’s wife, Jennifer, and their children Molly, Brent, and Giovanni. On May 13, 2012, the popular restaurant celebrated its 29th anniversary. “We take great pride in serving our customers,” Lucy said. “It is the best thing we did as a family.” Lucy said the first Christmas they were open she cried because the pizza place was like a gift to her. “Having so many good friends and helping so many people was wonderful,”

she said. The staff members at the Pizza House genuinely care about their customers and have become close friends with many of them, Lucy said. And those who are newcomers will receive service as if they were part of the family. Fair Haven Pizza House, which has air conditioning for those warm summer days, offers a wide variety of Italian cuisine from pizzas of all shapes and sizes to pasta dinners and calzones as well as offering a fine selection of subs and salads. “All of our food gets a special touch,” Lucy said. “Our service is the best, too!” Fair Haven Pizza House is open five days a week for your dining pleasure, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The shop is closed on Sunday and Monday. Fair Haven Pizza House offers takeouts, too. For more information, or to place an order, call (802) 265-8121.

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FACT: The face of real estate has changed drastically due to technology and the economy. Now anyone with computer access can find a property anywhere from the comfort of their own home. With the economy the way it is I see buyers, sellers and real estate agents struggling to move forward as everyone experiences the painful fact that money is not flowing as freely as it once has. FACT: Due to technology, statistics, and my own personal experience, we are Linda Justin, finding that print advertising is not as effective as it once was simply because it’s not as needed as it has been in the past. The fact is – most people are online doing their shopping for whatever it is they need or want! So, if print advertising is not cost effective why do it? If it’s not done we can lower our overhead thus lowering our prices. Staying in step with the rapidly changing market It’s Justin Time Realty has changed the way it does business. By providing a win/win approach for buyers, sellers and those trying to sell their properties on their own, it’s our desire to be a catalyst for positive change in a struggling economy. This office now charges a set rate to sell property and a set rate to list a property in the MLS for those who don’t need the full services of this office. Set rate simply means what it implies. This office charges a flat fee to sell any property, and a flat fee to list for all of you “For sale by owners.” With this model a “For sale by owner” can market their property themselves yet gain wider exposure. We will put your property in the MLS for 3, 6, or 12 months for you at a set rate. We provide you with the required documents then you do the rest. This service allows your

owner property to be seen on the very popular websites including, Zillow and Trulia. Sellers can list without stressing over high commissions, and buyers can be assured that they are not paying those higher commission costs buried in the sale price of the property they want to purchase. Our philosophy is teamwork. We cannot sell your property without your full cooperation. We sell together. We believe in clear, concise and frequent communication; we believe in great photos and lots of them to promote a property online. Whether you are listing your property, buying a property or utilizing this agency to sell one on your own I strongly feel this model works for the good of all. The details of this business model are available upon request. Feel free to send me an email or pick up the phone and call! I would love to speak with you! It’s Justin Time! Realty — A set rate real estate office. 160 West St — Middletown Springs, VT 05757 Or please contact me at 802-2360407 or —

Don't be left out next year! Bring your dog to Happy Paws Daycare while you are at work.

Let us exercise your dog If you have a dog that is high-strung and full of energy or one that lies around all day while you are at work, and don’t have the time or energy to exercise your beloved friend, then Happy Paws Daycare is for you and your dog. Kevin and Jill Mulholland opened the daycare in June of ’05 at 82 Route 30, north of Castleton Corners, “because we saw a need for such a facility,” Jill said. We have a 4,000-square-foot building with more than 14,000-square feet of outdoor runs. The dogs run in a pack throughout this facility, in and out at will, the smallest being a Yorkshire terrier at five pounds and our biggest a St. Bernard/ great Dane at 145 pounds. It’s a lot of fun and a very rewarding occupation, to see these dogs interact and get along is just amazing, says Jill. “We believe that this is very good for your dog; dogs learn simple commands,

socialization skills, exercise and often house-training.” Happy Paws Daycare also has a retail store selling premium dog food and cat food. “We have also installed the do-it-yourself Dog Wash, a state-of-art raised stainless-steel tub and ramp, with recirculate wash system and high volume air dryer. We supply everything needed; high quality, high protein shampoo and conditioner, combs and brushes, towels and apron. We will even clean up the mess. You would never guess that it would be so easy and enjoyable to give your dog a bath, from start to finish in less than a half hour.” If you have any questions about our services, feel free to call us at 802-4683033. We are open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

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Dave Winter Lawns and Landscaping

Stitchy Women

Faith, Laura and Dave Winter

Turn your backyard into a vacation destination Problem: Does the high price of gas have you staying home this year? Solution: Turn your backyard into your own vacation destination. Fire pits, outdoor kitchens, low voltage lighting and water features are the fastest growing trends this year. We can design, install, and maintain the backyard of your dreams. Relax around your very own fire pit. Fire pits can be built with natural stone or engineered concrete products. Entertain your friends and family with outdoor kitchens that include a refrigerator, grill or even a wood-fired pizza oven! Relax in your own backyard by listening to the sound of water from a low maintenance pond or water feature. Not only is the sound soothing, but it is also visually appealing and adds to the value of your property. Enhance and extend the time you can use and enjoy your backyard with low voltage lighting. There are so many options available to homeowners -- the only limit is your imagination. Being green is nothing new to us. We can help earth-bottom pond owners keep their pond water clean and algae free with natural filter systems in place of chemicals or energy-sucking fountains. Home owners can reduce demand on wells or city water sources with rain water harvesting systems. Systems can be built to the size of choice and can be

used to water lawns and gardens, fill pools and hot tubs, and wash cars or even flush toilets. If you just want a great looking yard we can help with that also. We are a full service lawn and landscaping provider. Our services include: full lawn and landscape maintenance; walls, walks and patio construction with natural stone or concrete pavers; natural stone step slabs; retaining walls; landscape design to include trees, shrubs, flowers and pond and water feature installation and maintenance. Dave Winter Lawns and Landscaping want our customers to have the yard of their dreams and we strive to make that happen through communication, planning and hard work. Through project planning or building in stages, we are able to help our customers plan the backyard of their dreams over a period of time without feeling the financial crunch of a large project all at once. From large to small projects, to building in stages, Dave Winter Lawns & Landscaping has been serving the Lakes Region and beyond for over 12 years. Dave is a certified wall and paver installer and has a long list of happy customers who will tell you not to wait to call. Check our website at, or follow us on Facebook to discuss your landscape project. You can call us at (802) 287-2544.

Castleton Motors A one-stop shop and more Providing all of your automotive needs, Castleton Motors in Castleton, Vt. 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. We are a one-stop shop, taking pride in providing for all of your pre-owned automotive needs, owner Jerri Adams, Si Loomis, Pat Loughlin Jr., Pat Loughlin Pat Loughan Jr. said. Sr. and Justin Carruth Castleton Motors started sales and service portion of the busibusiness in 2005 and now ness. sports seven full-time employees. All vehicles come with a six-month In addition to being the place for preowned automobile sales and service, unlimited mileage nationwide warranty Castleton Motors has a new and used and qualify for up to 48 months. Stop in to Castleton Motors for their tire center providing the rubber you need to meet the road. Newly added is a service after the sale and because they are a small family-oriented business. U-haul rental facility. To contact Castleton Motors call (802) Vehicle sales are the focus of Castleton Motors and they are most proud of the 468-2897.

Mary Lee Harris, owner

More than just yarn Stitchy Women, owned and operated by Mary Lee Harris, can be found at 144 Main St., Poultney, Vt., as one of the “Shops at the Forge.” Look for the picket fence and the forge. We carry a variety of yarns like Cherry Tree Hill and Green Mountain Spinnery, both being Vermont yarns, as well as other yarns, including Plymouth, Cascade, Malabrigo, Brown Sheep, Feza, Universal, Kramer, Knitting Fever and Westminster, to name a few. For summer knitting we carry a variety of cotton yarn and we have samples of a child’s sundress with a knitted top and a fabric bottom. We also have ladies tank tops, knitted with a Spandex mix yarn, for perfect fit. Cotton yarns are perfect for dishcloths and many other uses. We also have a yarn from Nashua which is a linen/cotton, a yarn from Cascade that is a blend of wool/cotton and of course we cannot forget Cascade’s Pima Cotton. Felting is still popular and we have many yarns that felt well, such as, Malabrigo, Cherry Hill, Green Mountain Spinnery, Galaxy, Lambs Pride, Shepards’s Shades, Mauch Chunky, Lopi and Cascade to name a few, with Mauch Chunky carrying a white that will felt. For the acrylic knitters we have just gotten in “Bravo Big,” this is a super chunky, Marble chunky (a lot of yardage) and Bravo Rainbow which are also big skeins. Other new yarns include Frog Tree Alpaca Sport and also Frog Tree Baby Alpaca. For my Encore knitters, we now carry an Encore Tweed. Sock yarn is always a draw during this time of year.

We have a large selection of colors and types. For sock knitting everyone loves the self patterning sock yarn that is knitted on size 0-3 needles. We carry Cherry Hill, Cascade Fixation, Sockotta, Tofutsies, On-line and Universal. For knitters interested in quicker knits, Plymouth and Universal have a self patterning yarn that knits nicely on size 8 needles; the yarn is also great for children’s. Now for the novelty yarns that are so popular they are continually back ordered. By Plymouth we have Joy Metalic, Scadalicious, Passion Ice, Joy Rainbow. By Katia we have Onda Lux, Triana, Triana Lux, Ronda, Ronda Lux, Ripple and Rizos. By Rozetti we have Tundra, Marina Glitz, Marina and Spectra. By Westminister we have Argentina. Brand new is knitting with lace which is called Renda Trico and knitting with material which is called Tecido Trico (a floral print). I have tried to have samples made of all of them so that you can see how they knit up. Visa/MasterCard and/or personal checks are acceptable. We will put yarn on layaway with a 25 percent deposit and payments of 25 percent per week. Our store hours are: Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. we have a social knit. All are invited. Our telephone number is 802-287-4114 and e-mail is Look for us on the web at

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RAVNAH Home health and hospice Since 1946, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice has been helping people get better and teaching them to better manage their health care at home. RAVNAH is a Medicare-certified nonprofit home health and hospice agency delivering a wide range of advanced medical care services to people of all ages in Rutland County and the Dorset and Rupert areas. RAVNAH, which has 65 full-time employees, including CEO Ronald J. Cioffi, and 157 par-time employees, offers skilled nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapy, end-of-life hospice and palliative care, home health aides, medical social workers, nutritionist, private duty companion and personal care services. It also offers pediatric high-tech care, Kids on the Move pediatric rehabilitation, flu and pneumonia clinics, blood pressure and foot care clinics and daily telemonitoring of patients’ vital signs, travel health immunizations and consultative services for international travelers, maternal and child health, childbirth education classes, traumatic brain injury support, psychiatric nursing, inhome support and supportive housing services. Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association was started for the purpose of promoting health, educating the public on disease prevention, and providing skilled nursing for the care of the sick in their own homes.

Along with the executive director, the organization is led by a volunteer, community-based board of directors that provides local citizen control and ensures fiscal responsibility, program continuity and agency accountability. RAVNAH is recognized as a Home Care Elite agency, placing us in the top 500 home health agencies in the United States. As a non-profit agency, the company is proud to take care of the people in its communities, regardless of their ability to pay, complexity of health issues or location of residence. The hospice team at RAVNAH provides care, comfort and support for those in the final stages of life and for their families. Hospice care is available for a wide range of illnesses including endstage lung, heart and liver disease, cancer, dementia, stroke, Alzheimer’s and ALS. Our staff is available on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as needed. RAVNAH is also committed to keeping our community healthy all year long by making wellness programs accessible to all who seek them. We sponsor a wide range of clinics and services for both area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing and immunizations. Outside of its regular business, RAVNAH co-sponsors “Start the Conversation,” a public education initiative with across Vermont to increase understanding of health care choices, including hospice and palliative care;

Hospice volunteer Nancy Birdsall visits with a hospice patient to provide comfort and respite for family members. encourage people to have end-of-life discussions with their loved ones and doctors and to communicate their health care choices using an advance directive. Call RAVNAH at 802-770-1520 or visit RAVNAH is located at 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland, and its offices are open

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nurses are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For information about home care or hospice services, people can reach the central intake office at (802) 770-1555. The general information number is (802) 775-0568.

Forever Green Landscaping and Excavation Exciting educational care in Castleton Little Critters Children's Center

Bridget Sheldrick, owner and director of Little Critters Children’s Center opened the doors to her business about two years ago, filling a need for a licensed center in the Castleton community that offered full day childcare with an educational component. “It inspired me to create a center that would guide children through their educational journey from infancy through late toddler so they are equipped for our preschool program and further them on to their transi- The staff at tion to kindergarten,” said Sheldrick, whose center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the past year, Little Critters participated in the CROP walk held in Fair Haven, raising over $700 as a team. We are proud to have a united front to be good community members. We also strive to build relationships outside of our regular center hours with our families. We have had successful weekend outings with staff and families, such as visiting Billings Farm, and ECHO Lake Aquarium. We are looking forward to our trip to VINS in the near future. The kids all learn about the exciting things they will see at their outings while at the center as part of our curriculum. We make learning a ton of fun. During our circus week for example, the kids took part in face painting, an acrobat show and an obstacle course including juggling and ring tossing. During boat week the kids made their own sailboats and floated them down a pond. These are just a few examples that demonstrate the variety of ways we have fun while learning. The toddlers often take trips to the rail trail and the pond at Castleton State College. They enjoy all the pond creatures and birds they have observed. They are all becoming wonderful little scien-

Little Critters Children's Center tists. We just had a family/teacher “work” day. We are very fortunate that we have families who are invested into our program and support what we do for children. Our playground was improved on our work day — the fence was pressure washed, the swing sets were stained, flowers were planted, shrubs were removed, fresh wood chips were spread, and new playground equipment was assembled. The kids were super excited the Monday following our makeover. All staff continue to keep themselves updated on child development and early education through classes and trainings offered throughout the state. They give of their time on weekends by planning and prepping for our curriculum we offer in our program. It’s not just a job for them. They are shaping the future of all the children we serve. Bridget employs five full time teaching staff — Katy Belden, Raquel Beayon, Carrie Colvin, Amanda Harris and Yvonne Olney. Part time and regular substitutes include — Jen Champine, Ashley Baker, and Kate Molis. Sheldrick is proud of the solid teaching staff she has and of the collaboration they have in making sure things flow smoothly. The center can be reached at (802) 4680438.

Rob Brill, owner

Success due to happy customers Rob Brill, owner of Forever Green Landscaping and Excavation, would like to thank his customers for their support. Brill explains that without his customers his business couldn’t enjoy the success it has. And besides, as much as he enjoys his work, it’s the day-to-day interactions with his clients that bring him the most joy and keeps him and motivated and working hard. “I do this because of the people I serve,” he explained. Brill’s business is located on 452 Thrall Road in Poultney. “Our primary services are lawn care, top soil, pond construction, decorative walls, split rail fences, site work, excavation work with the use of equipment such as bulldozers, septic, driveways and more,” Brill explained. “We service both commercial and residential properties.” Brill also recently purchased a “vacu-

um lawn mower” that literally vacuums the grass clippings as it mows. “It ensures you don’t track the clippings into the house,” he explained. Brill has been in the business for more than 25 years and his work shows the type of detail and sophistication that result from years of experience. However, more help may be on the way. Brill’s 12-year old son Robbie has already shown flashes of the landscaping gene with his ability to operate some of his father’s equipment. Brill, who is married to his wife, Michelle, also has two 9-year-old twin-daughters, Chloe and Lilly. “I’m hoping the business will teach the children the value of hard work,” he said. Anyone who would like to contact Forever Green Landscaping and Excavation can call (802) 287-4038 or Rob’s cell phone is (802) 287-1427.

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Save a mountain of green! The NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad helps homeowners with energy improvements. Typical H.E.A.T. Squad customers save an average of 375 gallons of heating fuel every year, equal to $1,400 every year! The first step is a home energy checkup, or audit, which NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad will arrange around the homeowner’s schedule. BPI-certified professionals perform the Check-Up to show you where your home is losing heat and wasting electricity. Check-Ups could be as low as $100 out-of-pocket for a limited time. Energy advisors will review the report with you and help you every step of the way.

Energy improvements incorporate new technology that generally includes air sealing and blown-in insulation, or spray foam to tighten the “thermal envelop of the building. Energy improvements also address indoor air quality and increase the safety, value, and comfort of your home. Contractors are prescreened, certified, and trustworthy. Affordable financing is available through NeighborWorks, and incentives up to $2,000 are available from Efficiency Vermont. The NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad will help you every step of the way. Get started today and save a mountain of green! Call (802) 438-2303 x 227 or visit

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Located in Middletown Springs, Vt., Parker Water Wells is a familyowned and operated business with over 30 years experience in the field, serving New England and New York. Our services include water wells, pumps, complete water systems, hydrofracking and geothermal heating systems. By contracting Parker Water Wells for your water resource needs you are assured of benefiting from the most experienced and dependable, licensed professionals in Parker Water Wells in Middletown Springs the industry to deliver top quality results. repair services, pump replacements, and We offer a variety of services for both hydrofracking to replenish dwindling private and business needs, are fully water flow in many cases. Whatever insured and thoroughly tooled with top- your water well need, Parker Water quality equipment to tackle any circum- Wells is there with a desire to exceed stance. Through experienced analysis your highest expectations. we are able to accurately determine the We invite you to browse our website best type of well to meet your needs, the and learn more about the services we pump best suited for those needs, and have to offer. If you have any questions whether any additional water treatment please feel free to give us a call at 802-287system may be desirable. 4016 or email us at parkerwaterwells@ For existing wells we can provide

Pine Hill Coffee Private label and national brands Pine Hill Coffee, located at 912 Route 4A West in Hydeville, already has some additional big news for this year. By fall, Greg and Barbara Knapp expect to be able to offer their products in the popular K-Cup format, along with ground coffee and single-serving pods. In addition, Pine Hill’s website – – will be open in the coming weeks, and customers will be able to place their orders on the secure website with a credit card or PayPal. Barbara Knapp, Greg Knapp Jr. with sons Michael The store sells a wide variety and Alex. Missing from photo are Greg Knapp Sr. of coffee, coffee makers, grinders and products such as sugar, and Laurel Knapp creamers and coffee stirrers. Columbian Mellow, Hazelnut, Golden The Knapps purchased the company Blend, French Vanilla and Jamaican. last year and provide full coffee-vending They also stock Maxwell House and services for residential, office and busi- Folgers and can get other brands. The ness customers. store also has hot chocolate and teas. They offer the private-label Pine Hill Their hours are daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. brand in many varieties, including Phone 802-345-6342.




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Mettowee Valley Family Health Center 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. 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 and Lynn Colville RNC, MSN, CNS, have joined the staff at Mettowee Valley on a part time basis to

help with their patients who have behavioral health needs. 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 appoint-

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ments 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, and Colleen provides group education classes. Currently the program is open to diabetic patients who are current patients of one of the MVFHC provid-

ers. For more information, call the office at (802) 645-0580 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. With an active patient portal account, you may request a prescription refill online, request an appointment online or pay your bill online. 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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Durkee Insurance Agency Full service, experienced service president of commercial lines and began her insurance career in 1991, joined the Durkee Agency in 1999. Audrey Sterling, commercial lines customer service representative, joined our team in 2010, and Lauren Crossman, customer service and marketing representative, has been with us since March 2012. Tom Pyle, CLU, ChFC and his assistant Lisa Waterhouse are also available to meet with you. Tom has over 29 years experience serving the financial needs of his clients thus further enabling us to truly be your one-stop shop for complet-

ing your insurance package portfolio. So come on in. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Durkee Insurance Agency located at 651 Route 22A N., Fair Haven, VT 05743. Our office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are also available, and we still make house calls. Check us out on the Web at, and call us at 802-2653439. Let us put our insurance experience to work for you.

PINE HILL Welcome to the Durkee Insurance Agency! The Durkee Agency cordially invites you to call us for all of your insurance needs. We are a multiline insurance agency offering business and personal property, casualty, life, disability income and long-term insurance. We serve all of Rutland and Bennington Counties in Vermont, and Washington County in New York. “It is the goal of the Durkee Insurance Agency to provide consistent and professional service to all.” Let us be a valuable one-stop insur-

ance resource for you. We will take the time to listen to your special insurance needs, analyze your specific requirements, and provide professional insurance solutions that meet your individual needs. Our staff consists of seven insurance professionals. Kevin Durkee, ChFC, owner started his insurance career in 1978 and opened the Durkee Agency in 1980. MaryAnn Munger, CISR, is senior vice president of agency operations and began her insurance career at the Durkee Agency in 1990. Marion Bushey, CISR, is vice

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Gilmore Home Center Collaborations Design Center Dreaming of a new kitchen? Bring your dreams to the Collaborations Design Center at Gilmore Home Center where we’ll do the design for free. And the good news – your dreams can add up to a lifetime investment. Whether you are planning to renovate and sell your home or sit tight for the long haul, your kitchen investment can really pay off. Are you asking yourself, “How likely am I to get the money back when I sell my house?” Not all remodeling projects are created equal. “People buying a house look first at kitchens and baths,” says Jeff Larson, president of Gilmore Home Center. So while these rooms can be the most costly to redo, they’re more likely to pay for themselves. With the right design and materials, about 91 percent of a kitchen remodel cost is recouped when the home is sold.* If you are now asking yourself, “Where do I begin?” The Home Team at Gilmore Home Center can advise you on just the right products that will pay off in the long run. 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. Expertly staffed by our team of kitchen and bath specialists, 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. In fact, we make house calls — we’ll bring our state-ofthe-art 3D design systems to your house, complete the measurements, take you through our enormous range of options and show you right on-screen what your new kitchen will look like. If you’re thinking of a kitchen redo or a complete renovation, make Collaborations Design Center your first stop. Step into a 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 treatments. 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. 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. * Source: Remodeling Magazine, Cost vs. Value Report, 2005.

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The showroom at Gilmore Home Center offers a wide variety of product samples and kitchen designs to help you realize the kitchen of your dreams. Stop in and say hi to the Home Team at Collaborations Design Center on Route 4A in Bomoseen.

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฀ccounting • Bookkeeping Payroll Service Income Tax Preparation (802) 645-9900 Fax (802) 645-9902 1130 River Road W. Pawlet, VT 05775

(518) 793-8546 Fax (518) 793-8548 119 Dix Avenue Glens Falls, NY 12801

Residential฀•฀Commercial Fire฀Alarms฀•฀Security฀•฀Phone฀Data 350 Wilson Ave., Poultney, VT • 802-287-9904 Conveniently Located near Poultney Elem. School Parking in the Rear


Phone:฀802-287-5887฀•฀Fax: 802-287-9622 Email: Dan Jones - Owner


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FAMILY HEALTH CENTER Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region

278 Vermont Route 149 • West Pawlet, Vermont 05775


Mettowee Valley Family Health Center participates in most Vermont and New York health insurance plans. Sliding Fee Scales are available for our patients who do not have medical insurance. Call to find out if you qualify.

Use our secure Patient Portal to request an appointment, request a prescription refill, or pay your bill online. Call us if you need assistance setting up your Patient Portal account. The medical team at Mettowee Valley Family Health Center can provide expert health care for your entire family, all in one place. Since our physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are experienced in family medicine, we can care for everyone in your family. Call today to make an appointment.

Accepting most Vermont & New York Insurances

Office Hours and Appointments: Office visits are available by appointment, between the hours of: 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. Weekend Appointments are available for urgent care at our sister office in Castleton. Please call 802-468-5641 for an appointment if you need to be seen on a weekend. Our office support staff will be happy to help you make an appointment. Laboratory hours are available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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Inns of The Lakes Region MAP KEY

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399 Bentley Avenue Poultney, VT 05764 802-287-4004 Innkeepers: Pam & Richard Mikkelsen



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

873 East Main St., East Poultney, VT 05741 802-287-9038 Innkeepers: Ed & Nancy McHale

MARBLE MANSION INN 12 West Park Place Fair Haven, VT 05743 802-265-4556 Innkeepers: Greg & Sharon Park

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Panorama Motel

549 Coy Hill Road Middletown Springs, VT 05757 802-235-3700 Innkeepers: Walt & Annie Pepperman



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

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


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4 Montray Place Granville, NY 12832 518-642-4627 or 518-232-2405 Proprietor: Mary Lou Tressler


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1955 Sawmill Hill Rd Wells, VT 05774 802-325-2829 or 863-446-3408 Twin Mountains Innkeepers: Gary & Lori Helms Farm B&B


Station House B&B


Hopson House B&B

Green Mtn. College

Station House B & B

Toad Hall Bed & Breakfast

Mountain View B&B

Sawmill Hill Rd

Toad Hall Bed & Breakfast

828 Endless Brook Road, PO Box 169 Poultney, Vermont 05764 802-287-4455 Innkeepers: Ruby & John Kilimonis Email:

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