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Collaborating for VITAL COMMUNITIES PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Co-op Food Stores Share the Magic: Write a Quest


Letter from the Executive Director Working together, we make the Upper Valley region a great place to live, work, and play. 195 North Main Street White River Junction, VT 05001 Phone: 802.291.9100 Email: Staff:

Staff Tom Roberts, Executive Director, x101 Aaron Brown, Transportation, x111 Brian Cook, Executive Assistant, Database, x108 Sara Cottingham, Valley Quest, x107 Bethany Fleishman, Transportation, x113 Stacey Glazer, Leadership Upper Valley, Web Media, x102 Nancy LaRowe, Local First Alliance, Valley Food & Farm, x106 Carole Petrillo, Bookkeeping, x103 Allison Rogers Furbish, Communications, Database, x114 Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm, x105 Sarah Brock, Energy, x109 Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm, x112 Printing: Compliments of Dartmouth Printing Company - Sheridan of Hanover, New Hampshire. Design: Nomad Communications of White River Junction, Vermont. Photography: Staff unless indicated otherwise. • Jake Quimby - cover • Steven Furbish - page 1 (bridge) • Molly Drummond - pages 1 (Tom Roberts), 3 (Shirley Jefferson), 4 & 17 (bottom) • Julia A. Reed - page 7 (recipe) • Efficiency Vermont - page 8 (top) • Tõnu Mauring, - page 8 (bottom) • Co-op Food Stores - pages 10 & 11 On the cover: The Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2016 works together on a teambuilding exercise in June.



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Co-op Food Stores: A Leader in Local Agriculture and Economy Thank You for Your Donations


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Dear Friends, Your support is critical to Vital Communities: one third of our annual income comes from individuals who believe in our work. When you add the funding we receive from local businesses, nearly half of our income comes directly from our neighbors and friends in the Upper Valley. The remainder comes from foundations (many with local ties), government grants, and other program sources. Your support means that we can continue to ask the important questions for our region and then to act collaboratively, as neighbors and as a community. Questions we grapple with include: • How can we reduce the energy footprint of the Upper Valley? • What do the region’s farmers need to succeed and thrive? • How can we increase civic engagement and community stewardship? • How can we make it easier for people to get around without cars, or to shop locally in the Upper Valley? • Are there critical regional issues that aren’t currently being adequately addressed? This is our work at Vital Communities. We help engage the people of the Upper Valley in these questions and together form effective responses. Thank you for being a part of it—as a participant, a donor, a volunteer, and by telling others about our work. This fall we’re introducing new projects, strengthening partnerships, and more—read on for details about how we’re working together for Vital Communities. With gratitude,

Tom Roberts, Executive Director 802.291.9100 x101

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QUESTING GETS SMART(PHONE) This summer we introduced our new Valley Quest mobile app which gives easy access to Quests on the go. Upper Valley resident, Dartmouth freshmen, and longtime Valley Quester John Kotz created the app. “I grew up doing Valley Quests, so it was a fun project to work on,” he said. The app was tested by Valley Quest volunteers this summer and is now available for Apple devices in the iTunes store.





Download the app today, and visit for more information.

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CHANGES AT VITAL COMMUNITIES •U  pper Valley native Brian Cook has joined us as assistant to the executive director. • Sara Cottingham is our new Valley Quest coordinator.


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•L  ongtime Upper Valley resident and farmer Nancy LaRowe is our new Local First Alliance coordinator. “I understand from multiple perspectives the importance of a strong local economy and look forward to building relationships with even more Upper Valley businesses,” she said. Nancy will also continue her work with Valley Food & Farm.

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•B  eth Roy is now managing Valley Food & Farm in addition to the Upper Valley Farm to School Network. Becka Warren is focusing on communications for the program. •E  nergy Program Manager Sarah Simonds is now Sarah Brock (congratulations, Sarah!). • Good luck to Emily Gardner and Ron Hiser on their new endeavors!


•A  meriCorps member Ashley Swasey gave us 200 volunteer hours in the first half of the year supporting a variety of Valley Food & Farm projects.


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•L  yme resident and Roanoke College sophomore Mariah Lang helped get the word out about our programs as communications and Valley Quest intern.

•K  ylie Cook, a Post Mills resident and senior at Warren Wilson College, served as our Valley Food & Farm intern.

Learn more about our staff and internship opportunities at




Our 5th annual Heroes & Leaders dinner in May was a wonderful evening celebrating Upper Valley mentors who have invested their time and energy to provide guidance and inspiration to our region’s current and future leaders. This year’s honorees were: • Jim Alexander, Former Lebanon Chief of Police • Barnes Boffey, Aloha Foundation • Tommy Clark, Grassroot Soccer • Carole Dunne, Northern Stage

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Markell Ripps “I am excited to work with Vital Communities because the organization takes a comprehensive approach to supporting the residents of the Upper Valley while also supporting the sustainable use of our environment,” says Vital Communities’ newest board member, Markell Ripps.

• Peter Faletra, Crossroads Academy • Dan Jantzen, Dartmouth-Hitchcock • Shirley Jefferson, Vermont Law School • Joe O’Donnell, Dartmouth Medical School • Peggy O’Neil, WISE • Susan Reeves, Colby-Sawyer College • Gay Sabin, Grantham Village School • Fred Thomas, SCORE

Learn more about these dedicated community members and read keynote speaker Beth Sawin’s observations on mentorship at

Markell is excited to pursue her environmental interests while bringing to our board the perspective of a younger professional working and living in the Upper Valley. Markell is a proud owner of 26 chickens, two alpacas, and a beehive at her home in Thetford with her fiancé. A partner in the Grossman & Ripps law firm in Norwich, she has lived in the area since 2007. As one of this year’s 30 Leadership Upper Valley graduates, chair of the Upper Valley Young Professionals Network, and the newest member of our board, Markell understands the positive impacts of getting involved in our community. Her experience with Leadership Upper Valley is part of what inspired her to join our board: “This program changed the very way we think and interact with one another and our community.”

Learn more about our Board at Honoree Shirley Jefferson

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LOCAL STUDENTS, LOCAL FIRST Thanks to the Hartford Area Career & Technical Center (HACTC) for participating in the Local First Alliance High School Communications Competition for the third year in a row. HACTC gives marketing and design students first-hand experience creating public service announcements (PSAs) to promote thinking local first. Congratulations to the two print PSA winners, Lydia Pecor and Emily Williams, and to radio PSA winner Ben Clifford.

Look for the print PSAs around the Upper Valley, and listen to the radio PSA at Liam and Daniel McCarthy

Daniel and Liam McCarthy, two proud Irishmen living in the Upper Valley, share a special distinction: They’re the first siblings to graduate from Leadership Upper Valley, our 10-month training program for community leaders. Liam is a 2011 LUV graduate, 20-year resident of the region, fixture behind the bar at Murphy’s in Hanover, and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Lifestyles. He credits the program with raising his awareness of many critical issues in the Upper Valley. “I’m listening to conversations with different ears than the ones I had before,” he said. He was so impressed with Leadership Upper Valley that he recommended it to his brother, Daniel, who moved to the region in 2013. Daniel, executive chef at Kimball Union Academy, has been involved with community wherever he has lived. Taking Liam’s suggestion, he researched LUV and enthusiastically enrolled in 2015. “I realized that this was a perfect way for me to connect to likeminded people who believe in community,” he said.

Buy Local! “Living Local & Showing It!” Local!

The brothers agree Leadership Upper Valley is thought provoking, enjoyable, and invaluable in building participants’ knowledge and networks as they work to make positive change in their communities.

Learn more and apply for the class of 2018 at


Emily Williams (top); Lydia Pecor (bottom)

Share the Magic: Write a Quest

Lyme Civil War Quest

Share the Magic: Write a Quest If you’ve completed any of our popular Valley Quests this summer—say, for instance, the Gile Mountain or Mount Tom Quests—you probably added your name to the hundreds of signatures in the Quest’s sign-in book. As you stamp your Quest passport and sign the book, you know that you’re part of a community of Questers sharing the magic of special places in the Upper Valley. While going on a Quest is undoubtedly a special experience, writing a Quest can be an even more powerful way of connecting with a given location. “Writing Quests connects people, places, and primary sources in a bonding experience for those who make them, in service to those who will learn from them,” says Steve Glazer, who led the nationally recognized Valley Quest program at Vital Communities from 1998 to 2008. The first step to writing a Quest is to spend time getting to know a place. When Glazer worked with summer program students at Crossroads Academy to write the Lyme Civil War Quest, the students spent full days poring over historical maps, newspaper clippings, and personal letters—all while building relationships at the town offices, historical society, and library. With this research in hand, the students then translated their knowledge into Quest clues that share the story of their community’s role in the Civil War. Creating a Quest is a great activity for children and school groups, but anyone can write a Quest.

All you need is a little imagination and a willingness to explore. “You don’t have to have all that knowledge—you just need to know how to ask for help to find the resources in your community,” Glazer says. “You start to become a curator of your own community’s history, and then you can decide how you want to serve.” Valley Quest offers 170 existing treasure hunts throughout the Upper Valley. Creating new Quests is what keeps this program vibrant. Do you know of a special place that would make a great Quest? Or explorers-in-training who would like to write a Quest? The Valley Quest program is here to help. We have tips, ideas, and assistance for anyone interested in writing or revising Quests. This fall Valley Quest launched a special initiative to write new watershed-themed Quests. We are looking for school groups, watershed organizations, and interested individuals who would like to be part of this project.

Visit to learn more. Fall 2016


Collaborating for Vital Communities

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VITAL COMMUNITIES For nearly 20 years, Vital Communities has been bringing people together to make positive change on issues that matter in the Upper Valley. Many of our current efforts are only possible because of productive collaborations with other people and organizations whose networks and expertise complement our own. Read on for just a taste of how we’re working together for Vital Communities.

Parking and Planning in White River Junction Last spring Vital Communities and neighbor RSG (Resource Systems Group) were selected by the Town of Hartford to develop a Downtown White River Junction Parking Management Plan. The goal is to improve current parking conditions and find ways to manage future parking needs in the historic downtown, which has experienced a significant economic revival in the past decade.


“We’re excited to help develop long-term solutions to the parking and transportation challenges facing the village where we work,” said Transportation Program Manager Aaron Brown. “This project presented a great opportunity to combine our daily experience with the expertise of Vital Communities and RSG to come up with proposals that will benefit all who travel to downtown White River Junction.”

Collaborating for Vital Communities Funded by the town and the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, we’ve completed basic evaluation and mapping of existing parking, received feedback through surveys and community meetings, reviewed the potential impacts of anticipated development on transportation infrastructure, and examined how buses, carpooling, and other efficient transportation options can meet travel needs and reduce the need for parking. Our findings include: • White River Junction has a lot going on! While half of our 550 survey respondents work here, 60% enjoy the downtown’s restaurants, over a third are Northern Stage patrons, and 40% go to other arts and cultural activities.

• Nearly 20% of survey respondents said they feel unsafe parking in certain areas of town, mainly due to poor lighting. Good news: The town plans to upgrade street lighting near the courthouse, along South Main Street, and in the lot behind the former American Legion. • The town is investigating how to best reach residents about parking bans during snowstorms and other emergencies. Our work confirmed the vast majority (75%) would prefer a simple text message.

We’ll present our final recommendations to the Hartford Selectboard early next year. Want to know more? Visit

Tasting Around Town

Bethany Fleishman helped prepare and present many of our tastings.

Spicy quick kimchi, country-style ribs, homemade hot sauce, and New England pesto are just a few of the tasty recipes making the rounds with us this summer and fall as we introduce people to easy ways to use the fresh foods abundant in the Upper Valley. We’re having a great time, and from the comments we hear, so are the eaters! A simple table, samples of freshly made food, and conversation about how to make the dish and where to find ingredients is all it takes to link more of us with our local farms. “I’m going to make this at home,” “can I grab an extra recipe for my coworker?” and “where can I get this type of ribs near me?” are the comments and questions we love to hear.

We’ve been to stores like Dan & Whit’s, the Artisan’s Park Makers Market and other community events, and worksites including Sonnax in Rockingham. Sometimes we do a brief cooking demonstration, others just a tasting—either way, the food speaks for itself in encouraging local, fresh ingredients. “The recipes we sampled, and others on our website, can help everyone cook delicious local foods year round,” says Bethany Fleishman, who prepares many of the sampling events.

Find recipes at EverydayChef, and email ValleyFoodandFarm@ with your ideas and requests for tastings in your community! Fall 2016


Upper Valley

Collaborating for Vital Communities

Solarize Upper Valley was a great success. Two years, 24 towns, dozens of volunteers, and over 370 new solar homes.

Home energy efficiency projects are the best kept secret in home improvement. These projects are half the cost of a solar array, with a better payback to boot. A typical home energy project, focused on air sealing and insulation, costs between $6,000 and $12,000 and can save 20-40% on heating costs. Rebates of up to $2,500 in Vermont and up to $4,000 in New Hampshire make it even more cost-effective. Not to mention the benefits of increased home comfort. Say goodbye to drafts and cold spots! Efficiency projects are a great investment, yet many homeowners have never considered home energy improvements. Weatherize Upper Valley will change that. Our goal over the next two years is to double the number of home energy projects completed in the Upper Valley each year. When Vital Communities sets out with a new vision for positive change in the Upper Valley, we don’t go it alone. We bring people together and build a plan for action from the bottom up. This spring and summer, Vital Communities convened a working group of nine local contractors, seven town energy committees, and seven Vermont energy program partners. Over the course of four intense design sessions, our working group developed a vision for Weatherize Upper Valley. This fall, we are working with 14 Vermont towns to host pilot Weatherize campaigns between January and May 2017. We will also bring together a group of vetted local home energy contractors to participate in the pilot campaigns. How Weatherize Upper Valley Works 1. Sign up and choose from a list of vetted, local contractors  et a FREE professional consultation, home walk 2. G through, and quote 3. Sign a contract by May 31  ree chances to win up to $2,500 toward your energy 4. Th project

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The last round of Solarize ended in late 2015. Since then we’ve been developing our next big-impact energy program. This time we’re turning our attention to home energy efficiency.


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“The support of Vital Communities encourages our school to grow in ways that benefit the learning of all students as they develop values that stress the importance of a healthy, peaceful planet, its farms, food, and communities.”

Newbury Elementary farm to school team.

—Kim Goody, Newbury Elementary Farm to School Coordinator

Farm to School Can Change the World At the end of June, Beth Roy, our farm to school coordinator, attended the Northeast Farm to School Institute as a coach with Newbury Elementary School in Vermont. The Institute kicked off a yearlong learning opportunity to help Newbury advance their initiatives in food, farm, and nutrition education while serving local products in their cafeterias. Beginning with a three-day retreat at Shelburne Farms, a group of Newbury’s foodservice staff, teachers, administrators, and community partners expanded their understanding and practices of farm to school both in and outside of the classroom. Working with Beth, the Newbury staff created a 2016-2017 farm to school action plan that integrates proven best practices, such as visiting farms, gardening and cooking activities, serving seasonal

foods in school cafeterias, and offering food systemsbased, hands-on science, math, and literacy lessons. In addition to giving school staff a solid foundation from which to grow their farm to school efforts, the Institute builds and strengthens a Northeast peerto-peer community of farm to school practitioners focused on best practices. We’re excited to continue working with Newbury Elementary’s talented staff to move toward their ambitious farm to school goals, which are all linked to their larger school mission: world peace. Farm to school can change the world!

Email to learn how she can help your school advance its farm to school goals. Fall 2016


Partner Spotlight

A Leader in Local Agriculture and Economy “Co-ops run under a set of Cooperative Principles, and one that resonates most for me is concern for community,” said Terry Appleby, Co-op Food Stores general manager who will retire at the end of this year after 24 years of service. “Ever since I’ve known about Vital Communities, that same concern for community has been at the top of your list of principles as well, so I see this synergy between our organizations looking for ways to enrich the experience in the Upper Valley community.” The Co-op has been a strong partner of Vital Communities for more than a decade, involved in Corporate Council and Leadership Upper Valley as well as our agriculture, economy, transportation, and energy work. Local First Alliance, run as a program of Vital Communities since 2009, actually grew from an idea born at the Co-op many years ago to bring business owners and citizens together with experts to learn about the value of a local economy. “People look at the cost of supporting local businesses and sometimes they balk. The importance of the Local First movement is to impress upon people that supporting local businesses is vital to the health of the community,” Terry said. “Local First Alliance plays a role in keeping that narrative alive.” The Co-op connects with local food producers year-round and at its August Producers Fair.


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Each February, Co-op Food Store managers gather with local farmers to confirm which farmers will grow what crops in the season ahead. The local harvest that arrives at the Co-op from April through December is the result of such cooperation. These local producers say this annual collaborative planning commitment has brought stability to the local agricultural economy.

The Co-op is, fittingly, also a major supporter of Vital Communities’ Valley Food & Farm work. “Vital Communities’ support of local agriculture is critical to the Co-op,” Terry said. “The work Vital Communities does with local farms and food producers complements the Co-op’s efforts through purchasing and supporting local growers. All of us working together has been a big factor in having a very fine local agricultural economy.” General Manager Terry Appleby’s stewardship built strong bonds between the Co-op and Vital Communities.

“I see this synergy between our organizations looking for ways to enrich the experience in the Upper Valley community.” —Terry Appleby

In recent years the Co-op’s percentage of local products has greatly increased, Terry said, partly through their commitment to buying local but also because of consumer demand. “It’s kind of a virtuous circle that is being created.”

Ed Fox, the Co-op’s incoming General Manager, is especially excited about this aspect of the partnership with Vital Communities. “Food access for everyone is really near and dear to my heart and my professional career,” he said, highlighting his time as chief operations officer for the Vermont Foodbank. “Our work with Valley Food & Farm makes a lot of sense, and I look forward to exploring new creative partnerships that will help us become an even stronger partner and resource in the Upper Valley.” Bringing people together to make positive change is what Vital Communities is all about, after all. “For me, the number one benefit of working with Vital Communities is the ability to connect with other organizations and collaborate on initiatives in the Upper Valley,” said Member Services and Outreach Director Amanda Charland. “The relationships we’ve established are a good example of organizations coming together in a small way to have a bigger impact on the community.”

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS Thanks to our 645 individual donors who stepped up to support Vital Communities during our matching challenge campaign that ended June 30, we met our goal of $100,000 in new or increased gifts and enjoyed our highest number of donors ever!

INDIVIDUALS In-Kind Donations in Italic 5,000+ Anonymous (2) Jennifer Manwell & Charles Sullivan Jane & Peter McLaughlin Charlotte Metcalf Ron Miller Jenny & Stan Williams

2,500–4,999 Anonymous Andrea Reimann Ciardelli & Tom Ciardelli Nini & Rob Meyer Linda & Rick Roesch Marilyn & Skip Sturman

1,000–2,499 Anonymous Liora Alschuler Cynthia & Ray Barrette Trudi Brock & Paul Kristensen Lisa Cashdan & Peter Stein Karen & Erik Colberg Joan & Daniel Collison Erika & Brian Dade Kathy & Bill Geraghty Mary Ann Haagen & Charles DePuy Sue Kirincich & Chuck Wooster Carola Lea Jennifer & Campbell Levy Theresa & Jack Lyons Judy Music & John H. Vogel Kathryn Petuck & Clifton Below Ronald G. Shaiko Susan & Clayton Simmers Joanne & Doug Wise Dori & Jeff Wolfe

100–999 Anonymous (11) Susanne & George Abetti Elizabeth & Clay Adams


Lynn Adams & Simon Carr Brooke & Jim Adler Loretta & Todd Allen Susan W. Almy Dottie Anderson & Richard Balagur Sandra Anderson & Reeve Williams Joyce Appleby Ellen Arnold & George Moore Susan & John Arnold Tracy Bach & Brian Lombardo Rebecca Bailey & Jim Schley Anne Baird & Stephen Campbell Lisa Baldez & John Carey Barbara Barnes Anne & Arthur Berndt JoAnn & Chip Berns Jody & Rick Biddle Eric Bivona Kathy & Mark Blanchard Ruth & Peter Bleyler Marion & Put Blodgett Ellen & Martin Blumberg Lynnette & Charles Bohi Carol F. Boerner, M.D. & David H. Bowen Daniel Brand Susan & Peter Brink Katharine & Doug Britton Zachary Brock Judith & Phil Bush Phil Bush Nancy & Harry Byrd Mike Cacchio Mary Ann & Len Cadwallader Carol Campbell & Jack McKenna Sonja Carlborg Nancy & Bill Carter Susan & Larry Chase Margaret Cheney & Peter Welch

Jocelyn Chertoff & Christopher Brown Stacey Chiocchio Bill Chorske Kathy & Peter Christie Kathy & David Clem Dove & David Cogen Timothy Condon Annabelle Cone Tom Cormen Sophia & Fred Crawford Nancy Cressman & Alan Berolzheimer Suzanne & Tom Cronkite Guy Crosby Tina & David Cullenberg Stacey Cushner & Jeff Bernstein Jill Davies & Nigel Hollis Julie & Jay Davis Terri Decker Deecie & Jock Denison Marilyn & Bryant Denk Closey Dickey Debra L. Diegoli Courtney Dobyns Anne Thomas Donaghy & John Donaghy Mary & Robert Donin Bea & Tony Edgar Diane W. Edwards Stephen Ensign John Evancie Margaret Fanning & David Cate Edie Farwell & Jay Mead Charlotte & Charles Faulkner Myra & Allan Ferguson Susan & Don Foster Tina Foster Linda & Stephens Fowler Denise & Greg Froehlich Jane Francisco & Samuel Van Dam Katie & Andy Friedland

Carolyn & Milton Frye Paul Gerke Susan Gallagher & D. Goudy Barbara & Michael Gerling Laura Gillespie Susan & Don Goodwin Kari Grant Nancy & David Grant Linda & Thomas Gray Jonathan Gregory Manohar S. Grewal Julia Griffin & John Steidl Happy & Clark Griffiths Lloyd Hackeman Marion M. Hampton Susan Hardy Barbara Harrington Catherine & Phil Harrison Emmy & Rick Hausman Jennifer & Thornton Hayslett Benedicte Henrotte Mary Hepburn Brooke Herndon & Eric Miller Debra & Bruce Hettleman Patricia Higgins & Scot Drysdale Christina & Harvey Hill Bonnie & Jesse Hills Henry Homeyer Linda & Ed Howes Marilyn & Windsor Hunter Pam Jenkins & David Kotz Alan Johnson Stuart R. Johnson Anne Kapuscinski & Wayne Barstad Laurie & Sven Karlen Alan S. Keitt Marcia & Adam Keller Rainie & Larry Kelly Rita & Greg Kennedy Debra Kraemer & Bob Walker Suzanne Laaspere John Lamperti

THANK YOU Carol Langstaff & Jim Rooney John Lee Nicole & Greg Leibon Dominique & George Lightbody Christopher Lloyd Kelly & Gary Loeb Lorie Loeb & Tom Roberts Elizabeth & Brett Long Daniel S. Longnecker Sarah Lord Ellen Loring & Judith Hunt Rebecca Lovejoy & Kevin Peterson Betsy Rybeck Lynd & Lee Lynd Jonna & H.C. Mackin Laurel Mackin & Tim Briglin Jennifer MacMillen Ann & David Malenka Pauline M. Marran Ruth Mayer & Peter Blodgett Jane & John Peter McBryde Mary McBryde & George Newcomb Denise & Barry McCabe Daniel G. McCarthy Betsy McClain & Chris Kennedy Phebe & Tim McCosker The McGee Family Pat McGovern Elisabeth McLane Audrey T. McCollum Jim McCracken Dr. Martha McDaniel & Dr. Stephen Plume Barbara & Doug McIlroy Susan & Bruce McLaughry Lucy & Robert McLellan Daniel Meerson Carolyn & Peter Mertz Ellen Miles Lyn & Donald Miller Margaret & William Montgomery Sheila Moran & David Millstone Nancy & Peter Mogielnicki

Corb Moister, Jr. John Montgomery Amy & Joseph Morel Susan Morse & Phillip Mulligan Allison Shutz Moskow Giavanna Munafo & Jim Walsh Welthy & Paul Myers Nancy Nash-Cummings & Richard Cummings Deb Bacon Nelson Sara & Kenneth L. Norcross Nita & Robert Z. Norman Patricia & Tom Norton Robin Nuse & Arthur Gardiner, Jr M Kathleen O’Grady Lynne & Kevin O’Hara Rosamond Orford Rosemary Orgren & Norman Levy Mary K. & David W. Otto Jane M. Palmer Nelly & William Palmer Polly & Henry Parker Abbie & Don Penfield Mary Louise Pierson Miranda Pizinger Jane & Steve Plumley Judith Pond Laura & Robert Pulaski John Quimby Allie Quinn Cathie & Ned Redpath Sarah & David Reeves Susan Reid & Greg Nazarow Diane Reinhardt & Rob Schultz Stephanie Reininger Martha & Stephen Richardson Jennifer Rickards & Jona Roberts Andy Robinson Bruce Riddle Margaret & Matt Rightmire John Roberts Elisabeth & John Roberts

Judy Roberts Arline & Barry Rotman Andy Rowles Elisabeth W. Russell Liz Ryan & Chuck Cole Mary Ryan & Terry Appleby Karen & John Sanders Brinna & Frank Sands Jennifer & Mark Schiffman Helen & Merle Schotanus Sarah & Bruce Schwaegler Nannette & Joseph Schwartzman Meg & Bruce Seely Joanna Sharf Laura Sharpless & David Watts Lynn Sheldon & Daniel Hudnut Sally Shoop & Clayton Morlock Anne & Peter Silberfarb Susan Simon & Liam McCarthy Mary Margaret Sloan & Howard Krum Barbara & Wally Smith Jean & Mike Smith Nancy L. Smith Pi Smith Rebecca A. Smith Renee & Norm Snow Sally & Bob Staiger Tina Stearns Jane & John Stephenson Susan Sweitzer & Hal Hamilton Cindi & Rob Taylor Janet & Tim Taylor Steve Taylor Mary Louise Thorndike Amy & Peter Thurber Arifa Toor & John Trummel Cynthia Twombly Cathy & John Vansant Cindy & Jim Varnum Phil Vermeer Sandra & Ross Virginia

The list has been prepared with care. However, if we’ve inadvertently omitted your name, please contact us.

Margery S. Walker Graham Wallis Betty Ward & Pip Richens Meggan & Loren Wehmeyer Carol P. Weingeist Ruth J. Wellington Kenneth Wells Joan & Robert Williamson Leslie & Doug Williamson Donna L. & Phillip H. Wheeler Sally & Tim Wilson Rebecca & Andrew Winter Jeanne Woodward-Poor Susan & James Wright Sallie & Tom Yurkosky Winnifred Zappala

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Thank You Donors


Sheila Hastie & Andy Jones Deb Hawthorn Michael K. Heany LeeAnne & Michael Heeremans Patricia & Don Henderson Betty Heston Beth Hindmarsh Sandra Hoeh Nancy & James Horton Nancy & James Hughes Nancy & Larry Huot Hope Hutchinson Aare Ilves Suzanne Jebb Tether & Harry Tether Corlan Johnson & Richard Neugass Rita & Win Johnson Barbara H. Jones Nancy Jones Kathryn Jorgensen Alexandra Keats Punam & Kevin Keller Jason Kelley

Susan Kellogg Jean & Harry Kendrick Catherine Kidder Michael Kiess Joyce & Paul Killebrew Marie Kirn Laird Klingler Lisa Ladd Steven Ladd Alessandra LaFiandra Mariah Lang David Leib Cynthia & Hugo Liepmann


Bernie du Breuil The Dundorf Family Krista & Paul Dunne Marcia Dunning & Bob Metzler William Dykstra Alice & Ron Eberhardt Brent Edgerton Susan & Brian Edwards Scott Elledge Ava & Edward Emerson Birdie Emerson Cathleen & William Emmons Irene Erkenbrack Wendy Farnsworth Chuck Fenton Heather Findlay & Milton Pikramenos Jacqueline Fischer Edith Forbes Sue Foster Joanne Foulk & Denis Kelemen Pierre Fournier & Richard Waddell Karen Fryer & Gene Kadish Carolyn Furbish The Furbish Family Stephen Furbish Joy & Edward Gaine Kate Gamble & Rolland Dickson Emily & Benjamin Gardner Sylvia & John Garfield Kris Garnjost Susan Gault Dee Gish Jonathan Glass Holly Glick & Jonathan Frishtick Charles Goldensher Nadia & Greg Gorman Katie Grauer Marlene Green Dana & Dan Grossman Ryan Haac Carole Haehnel Herb Hagermoser Janet Miller Haines Sally Hair & Brian Reid NoraLee Hall Jim Hand Marie & Robert Hanson Laurie Harding & Peter Mason Louise & Marvin Harrison Carol Harry & Steve Gagliardone



Liz Blum & Nelson Kasfir Kelly & Ernie Bourassa Susan & William Boyle Sargent Bradlee, Jr. Erica Brinton James Britton Anne & Richard Broussard Aaron Brown Christine H. Brown Matt Brown Robin Burdette Paul Burns Polly & Jay Campion Margie Carpenter & Chuck Sherman K Carriere Debbie & Peter Carter Sarah F. Carter Stephanie K. Carter Elizabeth & Bill Chabot Nancy & David Charkes Gretchen Cherington & Michael O’Leary Julie Christopher Ann & David Cioffi Tina & Ray Clark Alison Clarkson & Oliver Goodenough Gael M. Clauson Lora Coble Kye Cochran & Ron Pogue Pauline Cole & Neil Meglathery Brenna Colt Marjorie & Russell Cook Christopher Coughlin Megan & Jeremy Coylewright Ginger & Max Culpepper Linda & Lawrence Dacey Anne Dall Karen Danforth Andy Daubenspeck Sylvia Davatz Karin Davenport & Jonathan Schechtman Helen Davidson Marilyse de Boissezon Barbara DeFelice & Chris Levey Jane & Jack DeGange Sylvie Desautels & Chris Wood Gina & Archer des Cognets Daniel Dewalt The Dickenson Davis Family Jo & Harry Dorman Betsy & Larry Draper

Do you want to ensure that Vital Communities will have the resources to continue our work into the future? You can do that through a bequest in your will or trust, by naming Vital Communities as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy, or through another planned gift. We are grateful to those who have already let us know they’ve made a planned gift: • Mary Ann and Len Cadwallader • Carola Lea • Betty Porter • Tom Roberts • Anne and Peter Silberfarb • Mary Margaret Sloan • Jenny and Stan Williams If you’d like to join our Legacy Circle, please contact Executive Director Tom Roberts at 802.291.9100 x101 or

Thank You Donors Christine Lilyquist Kay & Larry Litten Joanna & Norwood Long Jennifer Loros & Jay Dunlap Janet & Bill Loven Bonnie MacAdam & Doug Tifft Anne Margolis Andrea Marquay Eric Martin Marjorie & James Matthews Mary Maxfield Rita & Frank McCaffrey Betsy McCann Susan McCaslin Marie McCormick Belle & Duncan McDougall Amy & Mark McElroy Joyce & Ronald McGarvey Cathy & Scott McGee Jeanie McIntyre & Geof Little Andrew McLaughlin Susan McNulty Peg & Ed Merrens Valerie Miller & Ralph Fine Susan Mills Maggie Monroe-Cassel Robert Moran Stephen Morris Donald L. Morrison Patricia H. Morse Michael Morton Deborah J. Mozden Abigail Murphy William N. Murphy Edmund Nash Donna & Bruce Nelson Stephen Nichols Sharon & Richard Nordgren

Helen North Joanne & Richard Norton Margo M. Nutt Sharon O’Connor & Geo Honigford Janice & Joe O’Donnell Karolina Oleksiw Bineke & Abraham Oort Robin Osborne & Mark Pichette Nancy Osgood Joanne & Donald Page Lois E. Page Pat Palmiotto & Ronald Hiser Ashley L. Parker Barbara & Henry Payson Tracy Penfield Carole & James Petrillo Lizann Peyton Nancy Philips Claude Phipps Joan L. & Vincent Piccolo Janet Pollock Fred Pond Rickey & Dan Poor Gerhard Postpischil Becky & Stephen Powell Amy Redpath Becky Rice & Don Mesec Markell Ripps Caroline Robbins Annabelle Roberts Andy Robinson Courtney Rogers Laura K. Rogers Laurie & Darcy Rogers Virginia & Ellis Rolett Hannah Rommer Melissa Roth

Patricia & Daryl Royce Susan & Paul Rump Darlene Saler Maria-Teresa & Andrew Samwick Nancy & Mark Schindler Carl Schmidt Richard Schramm Doreen Schweizer Merit Scotford & Bill Keegan Peggy & Hub Seward Megan Shannon Rachel Shields Sarah Shipton & James Nourse Ernest Silva Helen Skeist Bev Slack & Karl Tilden Elisabeth & Peter Smallidge Alcott L. Smith Dorothy Smith Tom Smith Jane Soderquist Wendy Spector Nancy & Dave Spencer Cameron & Gus Speth Sophie & Matt Starr Karen Summer The Surgenor Family Tanya & Matt Swett Bonnie & Clint Swift Cynthia Taylor Steven Thomas Cynthia S. Thompson Madeleine Thomson & Kenneth Sharpe Susan Tiholiz Gerald Tolman Heather & Steven Toulmin Jean & Chuck Townsend

Thomas Trimarco Jo-Anne Unruh & Ken Aramberg Deborah & Jay Van Arman Amy Vanderkooi Renee Vebell & Jeffrey Cohen Janice Vien Ryan Walsh Mary & Bernie Waugh Chris Weinmann Rhonda & Milton Weinstein Sadie Wells Joanna Whitcomb & Bill Mlacak Tilda & Stu White Helen Whyte & O. Ross McIntyre Ann Wickham & Scott Stokoe Stephanie & Stephen Willbanks Alicia J. Willette, DDS Lilla S. Willey Margaret Willey & John Benjamin Steven Williams Karen B. Williamson Sybil B. Williamson Wendy Wilson Joanne L. Withington Doris & Robert Wohlfort Kathy Wohlfort & Matt Stevens Scott Woodward Julia Lloyd Wright Penny & Peter Wright Susan & John Yacavone Scot Zens Mary & Samuel Zucker Eleanor Zue

BUSINESS & FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS In-Kind Donations in Italic, *Indicates Multi-Year Award 50,000+ The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Thomas W. Haas Fund Robins Foundation USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program*

20,000–49,999 Dartmouth College Dartmouth-Hitchcock

The High Meadows Fund, Vermont Community Foundation HOPE Foundation Jane’s Trust Foundation Mascoma Savings Bank New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Wellborn Ecology Fund New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

5,000–19,999 Calvert Social Investment Foundation – Charles Sullivan Fund Co-op Food Stores The Couch Family Foundation Dartmouth Printing Company – Sheridan Dartmouth Printing Company – Sheridan Jane B. Cook Charitable Trust John Merck Fund

Kettering Family Philanthropies King Arthur Flour Lake Sunapee Bank Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley Northeast SARE Novo Nordisk TooCap Foundation

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Thank You Donors UBS Donor Advised Fund – McLaughlinKitchel Family Fund USDA Rural Development VT-NH* Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Foods & Markets Vermont Agency of Transportation Vermont Community Foundation – Food and Farm Initiative*, unnamed fund (2)

500–4,999 Aloha Foundation Boatwright Foundation Bucy Family Fund Building Energy Corporation Casella Waste Services Catamount Solar Chelsea Green Publishing Co. Chippers, Inc. Christ Redeemer Church City of Lebanon Creare, LLC Crossroads Academy DRM Downs Rachlin Martin Emily Landecker Foundation Energy Emporium Erika Gavin Designs Farm-Way Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund – Gillette Hill Fund, Hawkins Family Fund, James C. McCracken Charitable Fund Frazer Agency Great Eastern Radio The Greenspan Foundation Hamill Family Foundation Hypertherm Jake’s Market & Deli AND Jake’s Coffee Co. John Ring CPA Kendal at Hanover LaValley Building Supply, Inc. Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Ledyard National Bank The Lintilhac Foundation Lyme Green Heat Lyme Properties 2, LLC Lyons Consulting Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy


New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Barrette Family Fund, Bruce M. and Sarah T. Schwaegler Fund, Doug & Joanne Wise Family Fund, Griffiths Wennrich Family Fund New London Hospital Nomad Communications Ohana Family Camp Positive Tracks RSG Schwab Charitable Fund – Morel Family Fund Simon Pearce Skinny Pancake Stettenheim Foundation Systems Plus Computers Tip Top Media Town of Enfield Town of Hanover Town of Hartford Town of Norwich TransCanada Corporation Vanguard Charitable – The Benjamin Schore Charitable Fund, anonymous (2) Vermont Community Foundation – Cashdan/ Stein Great Grandmother Fund, Laurance and Mary Rockefeller/Woodstock Foundation Fund, Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants program, Vogel-Music Fund, unnamed fund (2) Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative* The Wolf Working InSync Yankee Farm Credit, ACA

<500 Alice’s Kitchen Allan’s Vending Service B&W Catering Company Big Fatty’s BBQ Billings Farm & Museum Blood’s Seafood and Catering Canoe Club Restaurant The Center for Cartoon Studies Chase Brook Software Christian Roy’s Salon Colby-Sawyer College Common Sense Energy

Connecticut River Valley Yellow Pages Copeland Furniture Company Store COVER Home Repair Dan & Whit’s General Store, Inc. Darling’s Berries Dartmouth Regional Technology Center Designer Gold Energy Cooperative of Vermont, Inc. Energy Futures Evergreen Recycling Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund - Briglin-Mackin Family Foundation, Dave and Nancy Spencer, Ferguson Family Charitable Fund, Gerke Family Charity Fund, Miller/Fine Gift Fund, Todd and Loretta Allen Charitable Fund Eco Bella Salon and Vermont Organic Solutions First Universalist Society of Hartland Folk Floors and Zumba Fitness The Frank and Brinna Sands Foundation Green Energy Times Green Lantern Group Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Harpoon Brewery The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Haynes and Garthwaite Architects Henderson’s Tree & Garden Services Hogwash Farm Hubert’s of West Lebanon, Inc. Integrity Energy Jericho ValVu and Hill Farms Key Communications Killdeer Farm Lake Morey Resort Law Office of Eric W. Janson, PLLC Local Buzz Cafe & Market Loewen Window Center of Vermont and New Hampshire Longacres’ Nursery Center

Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery Mountain View Publishing, LLC New England Grassroots Environment Fund New Hampshire Charitable Foundation - Whit and Closey Dickey Fund North Branch Construction North Road Sugar Works Northern Stage Norwich Wines & Spirits Open Door Studio Opera North Pathways Consulting Prince and the Pauper Riding School Richard Electric Richards Group River Road Veterinary Clinic Schwab Charitable - Elusorr Charitable Fund ShackletonThomas Sheehan Phinney Simple Energy Solaflect Energy Solar Source/Melanson Company Sovernet Communications Spring Ledge Farm Spruce Mountain Design, Inc. Strafford Historical Society Subtext Media Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Farm Sullivan County Conservation District Suncommon Sustainable Woodstock Talking Well Farm Tarm Biomass Three Tomatoes Trattoria Town of Sharon Tuckerman Capital Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission UK Architects, P.C. Unicorn Upper Valley Food Co-op Valley News Vermont Law School Windows & Doors by Brownell Winter Moon Farm Woodstock Home & Hardware Woodstock Insurance, Inc. Yankee Bookshop, est. 1935

Upcoming Events


Get to know our staff and other supporters while you enjoy wine and snacks from great local businesses. Volunteer of the Year, Super Quest Grand Prize, and door prizes awarded! Friday, December 2, 5–7:30 pm when: where: Vital Communities, White River Junction, VT Flavors of the Valley volunteers and local farmers Brian and Melissa Stroffolino catch up with Nancy LaRowe at our annual Open House.


Our annual fundraising dinner celebrates local foods and the work of Vital Communities. Email to learn more and reserve your seat. February 2017 when: where: Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH Becka Warren, Tom Roberts, and Seasons 2016 speaker Ellen Kahler.


The Upper Valley’s premier tasting event for locally grown and produced food. Learn more about vending or attending at Flavors. Sunday, April 9, 2017, 11 am—3 pm when: where: Hartford High School, White River Junction, VT

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