Correspondent 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.
Correspondent MONTPELIER — The Vermont Commission on Women, an organization committed to pay equality, celebrated the 100th signer to the Vermont Equal Pay Compact last month. VCW and former Gov. Peter Shumlin launched the Equal Pay Compact in 2015 to address the gender pay gap that continues to plague the U.S. and several other countries around the world. “This project launched on Equal Pay Day 2015 to inform employers about practical steps they can take to eliminate the wage gap in their business and across Vermont,” said Cary Brown, executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women. The project, a voluntary online pledge, was set up to enable Vermont-based employers to get facts and indicate their commitment to closing and abolishing wage disparity based on gender. According to the National Women’s Law Center, “equal pay and the wage gap of American women who work full-time, year-round, are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men — and for women of color, the wage gap is even larger.
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.
Correspondent BRATTLEBORO — Some may have heard of Ronald Read, a stock market-savvy janitor from Brattleboro who passed away in June 2014. After Read’s death, his story quickly made the news. He was well known within his community, a simple man with a simple way of life. Unbeknownst to family and friends, by the time of his death at age 92 he had amassed approximately $8 million in stock holdings and property. Upon his passing he left most of his secret success to facilities he favored in his community.
By Noella May Pickett Correspondent MOUNT HOLLY — Iced sugar cookies aren’t just for the holidays. At A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe, located in Mount Holly, owners Laura Courtemanche and Dave Morello are still whipping up holiday-themed sugar cookies and much more. There was no after-holiday break for these bakers. Out from the cold and into a piping hot bakery, Courtemanche, Morello, and their two assistants were working hard on fulfilling an order of meticulously hand-iced snow globe cookies for a client in Los Angeles. With each intricate detail, cookies were quickly transformed from blank slates into little sweet works of art.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Engine Room Coworking, a co-working space in downtown White River Junction, launched last month. It is all about the freelancer, the startup, the independent creative type, the developer — you name the profession, they’re working together under one roof. Engine Room Coworking is a partnership between Tip Top Pottery owner Amy Robb and local redeveloper Mike Davidson. The 6,000-square-foot co-working space is located at the end of the Freight House, formerly known as the Tupelo Music Hall. The space has been restored — the rustic and industrial mix is the perfect backdrop to foster communal networking, like-minded professionalism and community.
PROCTORSVILLE — Owner and General Manager Joe Evans and Executive Chef Kathryn Evans have introduced their eclectic TexAsian eatery, Table 19 Restaurant & Bar, on Sept. 1, and they report the concept has been a great success.
LUDLOW — In response to their monumental following, on Oct. 1, Scott and Leslie Blair opened a second pie shop location in Ludlow for their business, The Southern Pie Company. The bakery is located on Route 103, bringing a slice of Leslie Blair’s southern home heritage to the Green Mountains. Native to Charleston, South Carolina, Leslie begins her pies with her grandmother’s traditional southern pie crust recipe. The pies are made from either an old family recipe, or a recipe she has collected during her culinary journey over the years, and filled with local ingredients.
BRIDGEWATER — From Colonial times to today, woodworkers have been supported and celebrated throughout the Northeast, notably in Vermont. The evolution of hand tools has been gradual through the generations of artisans. Friday, Oct. 7, kicked off a two-day Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event hosted by ShackletonThomas in Bridgewater. On Oct.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The man who has helped Community Access Television grow over the past 24 years is ready to retire. Robert “Bob” Franzoni, 70, announced he is retiring from his position as CATV’s executive director next May, handing off leadership of an organization he helped shape into what it is today. CATV is a nonprofit public access station airing on local channels 8 and 10 that serves the towns of Hartford, Hartland and Norwich in Vermont, as well as Hanover and Lebanon in New Hampshire. First located in nearby Hanover, CATV relocated to the Tip Top Building in downtown White River Junction in 2005. “Channel 8 is for public and select board meetings and Channel 10 is for education, arts and school board,” Franzoni said.