Happy Vermonters

  • Happy Vermonters: Angus McCusker Finds Peace and Community in the Backcountry
    Happy Vermonters: Angus McCusker Finds Peace and Community in the Backcountry

    Deep in the woods of Brandon Gap, Angus McCusker skis the backcountry and feels right at home. McCusker, a co-founder and executive director of the Rochester & Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA), skis over 100 days a year. Many of those days are spent in the...

  • Happy Vermonters: Kate McCabe Reinvents Her Career and Finds Sweet Success
    Happy Vermonters: Kate McCabe Reinvents Her Career and Finds Sweet Success

    Kate McCabe’s love for maple sugaring began when she was a child growing up in New Hampshire. Her neighbors were hobby sugarmakers in the town of Moultonborough near Lake Winnipesaukee. Whenever the steam was billowing from the sugarhouse, nine-year-old Kate would walk over after school for a Dixie...

  • Happy Vermonters: Forester Mike Snyder Gets Primed for Vermont’s Most Colorful Season
    Happy Vermonters: Forester Mike Snyder Gets Primed for Vermont’s Most Colorful Season

    Mike Snyder is the go-to guy for Vermont fall foliage updates. As commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Snyder is known as Vermont’s Chief Foliage Forecaster. He provides weekly foliage reports to the media and the state tourism office in September and October. Last week, Snyder hiked...

  • Happy Vermonters: Skincare Creator Susan Shashok Makes Caroline’s Dream a Reality
    Happy Vermonters: Skincare Creator Susan Shashok Makes Caroline’s Dream a Reality

    When the warmer weather arrives, Susan Shashok can be found pedaling her cargo e-bike around town delivering jars of skin cream or tubes of lip balm to customers. Shashok, of East Middlebury, is the owner of Caroline’s Dream, a handcrafted skincare company she runs out of...

  • Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose
    Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose

    Charlie Emers never planned on becoming a baker. The owner of Patchwork Farm & Bakery in East Hardwick grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. After relocating to Vermont three decades ago, his career path took a circuitous route from lamp maker to vegetable farmer to bread baker. Emers...

  • Happy Vermonters: Beth Kennett Shares Her Farm with Open Arms
    Happy Vermonters: Beth Kennett Shares Her Farm with Open Arms

    Beth Kennett welcomed her first overnight guests to Liberty Hill Farm in 1984. Back then, hosting visitors was a way for Beth and her husband, Bob, to start to diversify their income as farmers. Ever since, families and couples from the Netherlands, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada,...

  • Happy Vermonters: Todd Cummings Captures the Beauty of Vermont
    Happy Vermonters: Todd Cummings Captures the Beauty of Vermont

    Along a dirt road in Huntington next to Fargo Brook is where Todd Cummings lives, works and breathes inspiration. On his five-acre lot on East Street, where he shares a home with his wife and where the couple raised their two sons, it’s easy to see...

  • Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring
    Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring

    Ana Fernandez came to Vermont on a whim last year when a friend told her about a job opening at Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe. The Michigan native is now spending her second season sugaring at the farm, spending her days (and nights) boiling sap, changing the...

  • Happy Vermonters: Dave Moulton Embraces Change in the Ski Industry
    Happy Vermonters: Dave Moulton Embraces Change in the Ski Industry

    Dave Moulton has seen a lot of changes in the ski industry over the past 30 years. In the 1980s, neon ski suits were all the rage, snowboarding was in its infancy, and terrain parks didn’t exist. “One of the biggest changes I’ve seen over the years...

  • Happy Vermonters: Brian Cook Finds Fulfillment in His Hometown
    Happy Vermonters: Brian Cook Finds Fulfillment in His Hometown

    “The small world component you find in Vermont works for me because I think it encourages you to diversify your life. I grew up in Norwich and lived in different parts of the country—Missouri, Boston, and New Jersey—and eventually returned here with my wife and...