Happy Vermonters

  • 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...

  • Happy Vermonters: Why Michael Knapp Calls Brattleboro Home
    Happy Vermonters: Why Michael Knapp Calls Brattleboro Home

    “I’m an entrepreneur and started a software company out of my basement back in 2000. I know there are parts of the tech industry that very much belong here—technology to help with sustainability, environmental protection, energy efficiency, and K-12 education. I’ve been interested in social...

  • Happy Vermonters: Woodworker Matt Ogelby Finds Inspiration in the Mountains
    Happy Vermonters: Woodworker Matt Ogelby Finds Inspiration in the Mountains

    "I found out early on that I was happiest in the mountains and in the woods. I feel lucky that I was able to recognize that part of myself because it helped me figure out that I wanted to go to UVM and raise my...

  • Happy Vermonters: Kendall Lambert and James Merriam Return to their Roots
    Happy Vermonters: Kendall Lambert and James Merriam Return to their Roots

    "I'm a libertarian and pagan, and James is a socialist and pastor here in Newport. Our dinner conversations are never dull, as you can imagine, but it's nice that we can challenge each other. We agree what it means to be a good person and...

  • Happy Vermonters: Megan Humphrey on Making a Difference in the Community
    Happy Vermonters: Megan Humphrey on Making a Difference in the Community

    “When I first came to UVM as a student in 1979, I remember thinking, 'Why would anyone leave this place?' I know we’re in a bubble here—I get that—and all of us are so lucky to live in Vermont. But I also understand there are...

  • Happy Vermonters: A Young Family Finds the Perfect Balance in Stowe
    Happy Vermonters: A Young Family Finds the Perfect Balance in Stowe

    "I grew up in Vermont and went to college here, but I also spent time traveling around the country and internationally. When it was time to plant some roots, Vermont was a no-brainer—politically, environmentally, recreationally, and culturally. I’m a photographer and Kim works in marketing at Stowe Mountain...

  • Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family
    Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

    "My great-grandmother started this farm in 1918. She ran a bed and breakfast out of the house and made maple syrup on the property. When my father was a boy, she introduced him to the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring. One of the things we...

  • Happy Vermonters: Community Sparks Creativity for Haley Bishop Rockwood
    Happy Vermonters: Community Sparks Creativity for Haley Bishop Rockwood

    “People in Burlington are very drawn to art, and I think the community is my biggest inspiration as an artist. I feel a genuine connection to everyone I see, and I love that I can walk downtown and run into four or five people who...

  • Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess
    Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess

    “My husband and I moved here from Richmond, Virginia, to help run my family’s inn. Guests often ask us what we do around here for fun, and I think there are plenty of things—kayaking, hiking, going to the bookstore, or just going for a drive....