ST. ALBANS — On Jan. 12, there were still signs of transition at the new Franklin County Animal Rescue clinic: full boxes that needed emptying, empty cabinets for filing and Moe, an “awww”-inspiring rescue dog, healing from a neutering procedure. “Moe is a lover,” said Rusty Posner, Franklin County Animal Rescue shelter director, as she pet Moe. Posner, along with her 10 coworkers and the shelter’s board of directors, are busy heading into 2017 as they complete the move to an additional facility in St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.