A Berlin home before Melissa Jordan prepares it for sale.... Provided photos

Staging a sale: Turning no to yes

MORRISVILLE — If “All the world’s a stage,” Melissa Jordan is the homebody version. As a home stager, Jordan’s forté is her ability to help a homeowner transform a home from mundane to impressive. She specializes in helping home sellers temporarily refine the interior and exterior spaces of a home to make it more inviting and attractive. “Things that help to make a home more appealing include simplifying and coordinating room content, rearranging furniture, adding specific decorative features, using lighting accents, and furnishing empty homes to make them feel warm and inviting,” said Jordan. “Every choice the home stager makes is designed to highlight selling features of the home.

Radiologic technicians Kim Chapman, left, and Jennifer Hubert demonstrate one of two x-ray rooms during the grand opening celebration of the Central Vermont Medical Center's new Orthopedic Center on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo

CVMC pulls together wide range of orthopedic services

 
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BERLIN — Patients seeking one-stop shopping for treatment of an array of muscular and skeletal health issues need look no further than the new Central Vermont Medical Center Orthopedic Center. Situated in an office complex (next to Vermont Lottery) on the Barre-Montpelier Road, a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week finally called attention to the center’s opening in November, offering orthopedic services in sports and spine medicine and podiatry. This includes treatments for the hand, wrist, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot. The center also has specialist sports medicine services and nonsurgical treatments such as injections (including ultrasound-guided shots), fracture care and casting, and care of sprains and strains, arthritis and wounds. Many of those services were previously dispersed at medical centers in Berlin, Montpelier and Waterbury, and patients would have to make multiple visits for complicated care or to access support services such as X-rays and lab testing.

Annie Bakst and Robert Hunt at their recently-opened Bohemian Bakery on Barre Street in Montpelier. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo

New bakery: Bohemia finds a home in town

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MONTPELIER — The iconic Bohemian Bakery is back after a relocation and transformation, much to the delight of its devoted followers. The bakery reopened Feb. 8 on Barre Street in the Capital City after closing last fall because it had outgrown its former home. Owners Robert Hunt and Annie Bakst wanted to reorganize and find a new site. The bakery first opened in 2003 in a 1835 farmstead in East Calais and quickly became a destination for foodies.

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.

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Montpelier craftsman bridges 19th, 21st-century tech

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MONTPELIER — Jonathan Herz is a master music maker with one foot in the past and one in the present. His musical boxes are a testament to the genius of Swiss timepieces that evolved into tuneful snuff boxes and chiming pocket watches with melody mechanisms in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their refinement led to precision cylinder musical boxes (different from a more conventional “music” box, which might be adorned with a dancing figure, or intended as a jewelry or storage box) made from 1860-’90, capable of playing orchestral scores of popular operetta and classical composers — a lost art that Herz has used 21st-century technology to revive. Cylinder musical boxes were some of the earliest examples of “recorded” music that would lead to the player piano and barrel organ. Then came the cylindrical disk polyphone, the precursor to Thomas Edison’s 1870 phonograph that allowed live music to be recorded and reproduced for the first time.