Greg Ranallo: From the classroom to the trees

Greg Ranallo: From the classroom to the trees

By PHYL NEWBECK Greg Ranallo has had a love of trees since he was a boy, but after getting a master’s degree in education, he began teaching high school social studies in his native Minnesota. During summers and school breaks, he ran a tree business which he named Teacher’s Tree Service after his chosen profession.… Read More »

Kathleen Patten: Helping neighbors at Twice is Nice

Kathleen Patten: Helping neighbors at Twice is Nice

By PHYL NEWBECK Kathleen Patten talks about retiring, but it doesn’t look like that will happen any time soon. The 67-year-old Hinesburg resident is co-founder of Twice is Nice, a resale shop for women’s clothing and accessories. The shop supports the Hinesburg Community Resource Center and its work to provide assistance to people in the… Read More »

Damon Ferrante: All music, all the time

Damon Ferrante: All music, all the time

By PHYL NEWBECK Damon Ferrante describes his musical background as Jekyll and Hyde. At the age of 6, he began studying classical piano. Years later, an uncle who was a mechanic brought over an amplifier and a guitar that was in two pieces. “I took screws and duct tape, strung it up, tried to get… Read More »

George Burrill: Preserving natural spaces in Shelburne

George Burrill: Preserving natural spaces in Shelburne

By PHYL NEWBECK George Burrill has had a long and successful career. Best known as the co-founder of Associates in Rural Development, a global provider of consulting and engineering services, Burrill also founded and chaired the Business Alliance for International Economic Development and served on the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, the Brookings Institution and the… Read More »

Steve Parren: 30 years protecting Vermont wildlife

Steve Parren: 30 years protecting Vermont wildlife

By PHYL NEWBECK This fall, Steve Parren received the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award for his work on behalf of Vermont’s endangered wildlife. Parren is the Wildlife Diversity Program Manager at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, working out of its Essex Junction office. He was recognized for his work helping to save multiple endangered species, raising… Read More »

Lane Gibson: Making music heard around the world

Lane Gibson: Making music heard around the world

By PHYL NEWBECK Lane Gibson spent almost four decades as a professional musician. “I always enjoyed being in the recording studio,” he said. “I found that environment exciting and fascinating and in the back of my mind was a wish to be morphed into that end of the business.” Shortly after Charles Eller started his… Read More »

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