Kim Johansen: Sharing her love of horses

Kim Johansen: Sharing her love of horses

For as long as she can remember, Kim Johansen loved horses. “When I first started talking that’s all I wanted to talk about,” she recalls. Johansen started riding when she was five years old and took her horses to shows well into adulthood, only stopping when she handed the reins down to her daughter. These […]

Suzy Hodgson: Doing her part to combat climate change

Suzy Hodgson: Doing her part to combat climate change

Suzy Hodgson moved to Charlotte in 2008, and it wasn’t long before she became actively involved in her community. Inititally, Hodgson was a member of the Conservation Commission, which included energy issues as part of their mission. She and another member decided to form a separate group to follow up on the work a prior […]

Michael Grillo: A helping hand for neighbors in need

Michael Grillo: A helping hand for neighbors in need

Michael Grillo had enough of the corporate grind, so on Jan. 1, 2000, he packed up his family and moved to Vermont. “I decided to spend my life with less money and more time and enjoyment,” he said. “There was a service component to that, as well.” After initially settling in Williston, Grillo moved to […]

Dave Quickel: feeding his neighbors in a variety of ways

Dave Quickel: feeding his neighbors in a variety of ways

Dave Quickel’s first farming experience was running the CSA at Pizza on Earth. “That was my first farm job when I really didn’t know anything,” he said. Quickel subsequently moved to Oregon to start a CSA during the early days of that movement when the concept was not well-known across the country. In the late […]

Linda Veilleux: Finding her passion in felting

Linda Veilleux: Finding her passion in felting

Linda Veilleux started sewing when she was 14 years old. Others recognized her talents early on and paid her for her services, but for a while she found other ways to make a living. The native Vermonter worked for years at the UVM bookstore before deciding it was time to do something different. She explored […]

Doug Merrill: Helping youngsters get out on the lake

Doug Merrill:  Helping youngsters get out on the lake

Doug Merrill started sailing as a boy on Chesapeake Bay and now considers it his mission to introduce other boys and girls to the sport. The Charlotte resident enjoys the Lake Champlain racing scene in the summer and then expands his horizons by racing ice boats in the winter. Merrill spent two terms on the […]

Debra Howard: A helping hand for businesses and nonprofits

Debra Howard: A helping hand for businesses and nonprofits

Debra Howard began working as a freelance consultant twice. “The first time was unintentional,” she admits. “I had moved to Boston for an exciting job that promptly ran out of money and I needed to make a living.” Howard enjoyed the work and recognized that she would benefit from more seasoning, so she joined an […]

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