Paul Laud and the dog and cat who saved Christmas

Paul Laud and the dog and cat who saved Christmas

PHYL NEWBECK Paul Laud isn’t your typical private equity investment manager. The 63-year-old Shelburne resident has always had an artistic side, although his early work was mostly political cartoons. This year, he employed his drawing skills to create a children’s book entitled, “The House that Santa (Almost) Missed,” using his dog and cat as the… Read More »

Premila Peters: Helping speed the way to diagnosis

Premila Peters: Helping speed the way to diagnosis

PHYL NEWBECK Three years ago, Shelburne’s Premila Peters became president of Data Innovations, a global company based in Burlington. The business automates the workflow in medical laboratories, mostly in hospitals, speeding up the process and cutting down the risk of human error. Their software is used in over 85 countries and more than 6,000 laboratories… Read More »

Mike Kirk: Raising the sheep that tend the vines

Mike Kirk: Raising the sheep that tend the vines

PHYL NEWBECK According to Mike Kirk, neither he nor his girlfriend, Marion Bourgault-Ramsay, come from farming backgrounds. Kirk, 32, was born in Philadelphia and Bourgault-Ramsay, 29, is a native of Montreal. Nevertheless, the two have decided the farming life suits them. In 2012, Kirk purchased some sheep and two years later, when the pair began… Read More »

Helping injured critters get back on their legs and wings

Helping injured critters get back on their legs and wings

PHYL NEWBECK Ideally, Ellen Jareckie of Shelburne would like to see Vermont create a state-wide hotline for people who find injured animals. Recognizing that such a position is unlikely to be created any time soon, she’s doing the job herself. Twenty years ago, Jareckie became a certified wildlife rehabilitator, specializing in orphaned songbirds but also… Read More »

Lindsey Stoddard: Channeling her inner eighth-grader

Lindsey Stoddard: Channeling her inner eighth-grader

PHYL NEWBECK Growing up in Shelburne, Lindsey Stoddard was always a lover of stories. “Even before I could read,” she said, “I remember listening to stories while sitting on my parents’ laps.” When Stoddard got older, she spent a lot of time in the Shelburne Library and recalls being excited to learn that “real people”… Read More »

Hank White helps feed those in need

Hank White helps feed those in need

PHYL NEWBECK When Hank White retired from his career as a mechanical engineer at General Dynamics in 2004, he wanted to spend more time volunteering in his community. The long-time Hinesburg resident knew Doug Gunnerson, who was running the Hinesburg Food Shelf, so he didn’t have to look far for his good cause. About 10… Read More »

Katherine Carleton: Embracing many forms of art

Katherine Carleton: Embracing many forms of art

PHYL NEWBECK Katherine Carleton considers herself lucky. When she was growing up in Shelburne, her parents encouraged her interest in art but didn’t pressure her. “A lot of artists say they didn’t feel supported growing up,” she said, “but I didn’t have that.” At age 12, Carleton began taking classes in figure and still-life drawing.… Read More »