Study: Retiree gain surpasses youth drain in Vermont

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Since 1977, United Van Lines, a global transportation, warehousing and freight corporation been tracking migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. A study released from 2016 concluded that Vermont is experiencing more inbound moves than outbound, and that has been the case for nearly three years running. “For nearly 40 years, we’ve been tracking which states people are moving to and from, and we’ve recently started surveying our customers to understand why they are making these moves across state lines. For Vermont, a higher percentage are moving into the state rather than leaving,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing and communications at United. United Van Lines is the nation’s largest household goods mover, the company’s data reflect national migration trends.

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‘Why Time Flies’ will show you a good time

“Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation” by Alan Burdick, 2017, Simon & Schuster, $28
Your last vacation was really fun. Those seven days felt like 10 minutes. And then you were back to work, where 10 minutes can seem like seven days. Why is that? How come enjoyable things whiz by fast and why do you wake up seconds before the alarm goes off?

Owner Megan O’Brien at her store Tangerine on College Street in Burlington. Provided photo.

For 1st boutique, owner remembered to keep it affordable

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Fifth-generation Vermonter Megan O’Brien said she thought Burlington needed more shopping, particularly affordable, high-quality women’s clothing. She did her part to remedy that in July when she launched Tangerine on College Street. Tangerine offers new, vintage-inspired Bohemian clothing, focusing on American-made garments from contemporary designers. “It’s an eclectic little bundle of styles I’m hoping you can’t find anywhere else,” O’Brien said. “I try to focus on brands no one else has in Burlington, and do my own thing to offer something different.” Inventory includes dresses, tops, pants, skirts and T-shirts, as well as jackets and coats.

Alexander Allison, 14, of Marshfield, who hopes to be a veterinarian, visits with goats at his home Wednesday. Allison is involved in a 13-week class at CCV as part of the McClure Foundation Pathways to Promising Careers program. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo

Better Vermont jobs, and how to get them

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What are the most promising jobs with the highest wages in Vermont in the next 10 years? Job seekers need look no further than Pathways to Promising Careers, a joint survey by the Burlington-based McClure Foundation and Vermont Department of Labor. The survey anticipates high demand in health care, education, technology, finance and the wood industry, with numerous job openings that pay $20 an hour or more. But there is one caveat: Many require training and education beyond high school. Statistics show that only 60 percent of Vermont high school students enroll in college within 16 months of graduating.

Aria Allen shops for local produce at Mazza's Farm Stand in Essex. Aria, who grew up on a farm in Greensboro and now works in Montpelier, appreciates local food and buys it as much as she can. To save money, she prefers to buy directly from the source and will often shop at farm stands near her home. Photo provided by Rooted in Vermont.

Opinion: Why local burgers are more expensive

When purchasing food, cost is often a deciding factor for consumers. Why buy a 12-ounce package of local bacon for $7.99 when you can get it for $4.98? Purchasing local food means you know where your food comes from, you’re buying food that is generally healthier and you’re helping drive the local economy to keep more jobs and dollars circulating in the state. Still, price can be a sticking point for many Vermonters. While it’s true that the cost of local food at the grocery store is often higher than mass-produced commodity food, the reasons for that might surprise you.

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Fresh Tracks takes a fresh approach

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SHELBURNE — The list of companies is impressive: Vermont Teddy Bear, SunCommon, Brighter Planet, Mamava, Budnitz Bicycles. These are among the 30 companies that Fresh Tracks Capital has invested in over the years. Now the Shelburne venture capital firm is about to launch a new fund, Fresh Tracks Capital IV, which will invest in up to 15 companies, mostly in Vermont, that are just starting out. The fund’s new manager is T.J. Whalen, who was also named a general partner. “The part of it that I will focus on that is somewhat unique to what Fresh Tracks has been doing is a little bit more of a pronounced focus in consumer products and food and beverage sectors, which Vermont produces a lot of for all the right reasons,” Whalen said.

New Vermont tax code to focus on fraud prevention

 MONTPELIER — Last week, the Vermont Department of Taxes and the IRS began accepting tax returns for the 2016 tax year. There are a few changes the department would like taxpayers to know about. The department continues to experience a rise in attempted tax refund fraud, an alarming trend that mirrors what is happening in other states and at the federal level. State revenue departments and the IRS are implementing procedures to help protect the taxpayer’s money. Vermont taxpayers will be asked to provide a Vermont driver’s license or state-issued identification card number when filing.

What’s the best way to make extra money?

 “Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Q: I’d love to earn some extra cash in addition to what I make at my 9-to-5 job, but I’m not sure where to start. Any ideas?

Espresso Bueno owner Elizabeth Manriquez, foreground, and her daughter, Elysia, work the counter recently at the Barre coffee shop that is celebrating its tenth year in business and its position on Main Street as a downtown meeting place. Stefan Hard / Staff Photo

Community in a cup

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Across Vermont, independent coffee shops and roasters are brewing up something special. But what is it about a local coffee shop that gets their customers to go out for coffee rather than stay home and brew their own? Coffee is more than just a drink, it’s an experience — it’s something happening, from a daily ritual to an element of culture shared within communities. “Coffee culture is really coming to the forefront here in Vermont. If change is going to happen within a community, it’s going to happen over a cup of coffee,” said Elizabeth Manriquez, owner of Espresso Bueno in Barre.

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A small efficiency experiment with big results

 
At Efficiency Vermont we are always looking for new ways to help our customers save energy. Two years ago we started considering how we could work with businesses to help them save big by cutting their energy use in half. We had a lot of questions: Would businesses be interested? Would our customers be willing to rise to the challenge? Would the projects be economically viable?