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Wood & Wood marks 45th anniversary

WAITSFIELD — Ask Sparky Potter about his 45-year business philosophy, and he directs you to the “mission statement sign” that hangs in the lobby of his Waitsfield studio and shop.

“Designing is like dreaming,” the sign says. “When you are awake, designing is the most delightful thing that the human minds can do together. From the first spark of a concept to the evolution of something unique, the process is the reward. Enjoy.”

On Nov. 19, 2016, The Sparky Potter Design Group and Wood & Wood Sign Systems kicked off its 45th anniversary. Potter began the operation as a one-man, home-occupied business in the winter of 1971-1972. Since then, Wood & Wood has moved to “The Mad River Barn” at 98 Carroll Rd.

Wood & Wood is a nationally recognized design studio and custom sign manufacturing company with more than 50 national sign awards. Wood & Wood’s national client base includes: Vail Resorts, the 1980 Winter Olympics (in Lake Placid, New York), Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Bruegger’s Bagels, Busch Gardens and Universal Studios Theme Parks.

One strong example of Potter’s legacy is the exterior of the American Flatbread Burlington Hearth storefront, with a handcrafted wood- and copper-roofed canopy sign, wood blade sign and hand-carved front door.

Ilamae Lund is shown with her new book “Holy Cows” at The Eloquent Page in St. Albans.

Author remembers Christmas on the family farm

ST. ALBANS — Ask St. Albans author Ilamae Lund about plans for her birthday next year, or any designs she might have for a fourth book, and she laughs. Hard. “It’s a day at a time for this old kid,” Lund said on Dec. 9, during a book signing at The Eloquent Page, in St. Albans.

Denise Gebroe is opening DG Bodyworks in Cavendish today.

DG Bodyworks launches in Cavendish

CAVENDISH — Denise Gebroe has worked hard to get here, and now she’s inviting the public to help her celebrate. Today, Gebroe plans to launch her new business, DG Bodyworks, with an official grand opening at her 7 Depot St. location in Cavendish. Gebroe is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She will use DG Bodyworks as a community center that offers yoga, conditioning, strength training and dance.

From left, Judy, Phil and Dave Adams pose for a photo at their farm in Westford.

Turkey farm is part of a diverse business

WESTFORD — For the past 35 autumns, motorists driving on Old Stage Road here have slowed in front of Adams Turkey Farm, rolled down a window and heard “Gobble gobble gobble.” To the passerby, that is the sound of a thousand Thanksgiving turkeys, but to Judy and Dave Adams and their son Phil, it’s the sound of the most tiring time of the year.

Taxidermist Steve Bushey takes measurements at his shop in St. Albans.

Taxidermists are key for the hunting economy

ST. ALBANS — Milton resident Ed Poirier handed the white trash bag filled with antlers and innards to Steve Bushey, and told Bushey the story of how he bagged that huge, 11-point buck out in Kentucky, in early November.
Bushey is used to this by now — and he loves it.
“This is the crazy time of year, but it’s the great time of year,” said Bushey, owner of Top of The Knoll Taxidermy, in St. Albans.

Dave Burbo of Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q prepares some orders in the kitchen at 14th Star Brewery.

BBQ business finds happy home at 14th Star Brewery

ST. ALBANS — Chad Spooner was one of the first people in the fast-growing line at Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q here on a recent Friday evening.

Spooner, a St. Albans resident and city councilman, has quickly become a fan of Smokin’ Butt’s pork, chicken and beef brisket menu.

“The pulled pork and chicken at Smokin’ Butt’s were both very succulent, with the perfect amount of flavoring, and the fries the meat was covering were thick and tender,” Spooner said.

As a city councilman, Spooner has other reasons to appreciate Smokin’ Butt’s new presence in St. Albans.

“An authentic BBQ establishment in downtown St. Albans will fill a void, and offer an option for those searching for something distinctively different,” Spooner said. “Located within one of St. Albans’ main attractions, 14th Star Brewery, combines BBQ and beer for a win-win situation.”

Theresa Snow, executive director of Salvation Farms, speaks at the recent launch of the Vermont Commodity Program in Winooski.

Farm tackles issue of lost produce

WINOOSKI — Jaws dropped statewide over the summer when a study revealed that farms statewide are losing more than 14 million pounds of marketable food a year. But now, a new surplus crop food hub that has opened in Winooski aims to broaden access to those millions of pounds of produce. Salvation Farms officially opened the Vermont Commodity Program in Winooski during a Sept. 27 kickoff event, which drew more than 70 people to the 276 East Allen St. facility.

From left, Andrew Leichthammer and Scott Kerner recently opened Good Measure Brewing Co. in Northfield.

Entrepreneurs open Good Measure Brewing

NORTHFIELD — “Vermont is the best state for beer in the union,” Scott Kerner said. “The amount of tourists that pour into our state each year is one barometer for the strength of this industry. The brand is strong, and the community is stronger.”
Kerner should know. After he moved to Vermont from Oregon — where he worked for that state’s oldest microbrewery, Bridgeport Brewing Co. — he helped open three beer-focused restaurants: Three Penny Taproom, The Mad Taco and Mule Bar.

New series highlights state’s tech industry

BURLINGTON — Vermont’s booming technology sector will get a boost this month from a new weeklong series of events. Burlington’s inaugural Innovation Week, from Oct. 14 to 22, will feature programs highlighting the vibrant energy of the creative technology sector in the Queen City and throughout the state. Innovation Week will be bookended by Hack VT, a 24-hour hackathon during which competitors build apps to assist with state progress, and Vermont Tech Jam, a two-day job fair and tech expo that showcases Vermont employers and products, along with student projects. The Innovation Week schedule between Hack VT and Vermont Tech Jam features several spotlight presentations in numerous areas, from food, beverage and agriculture to energy efficiency, health care and software technology.