Santa to boost kids’ spirits with drive-through visits

MIDDLEBURY — It’s been a Christmas tradition for years. For a day each December, kids converge upon Middlebury’s Maple Landmark Woodcraft — a real-life Santa’s workshop where hundreds of wooden toys are made — to spend a few minutes with Saint Nick, talking about how good they’ve been during the year and presenting their wish-lists. Maple Landmark has been one of three spots in Middlebury were Santa has made holiday appearances. The others are Danforth Pewter at 52 Seymour St. and the Middlebury Community H … (read more)

Cheesemaker, woodworker receive working land grants

MONTPELIER — In response to the ongoing urgent needs arising from COVID-19 challenges to Vermont’s working lands businesses, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) recently announced that 16 businesses will receive more than $250,000 in COVID-19 Respon … (read more)

Designers, builders make the most of wood

NEW HAVEN — It’s not every day you need stingray hide to finish a cabinet. But if you’re building high-end interior cabinets, it’s actually not that uncommon either, says Skimmer Hellier, who keeps a stack of the hides in a drawer at work. Hellier owns an … (read more)

Maple Landmark to give free tours Oct. 4

MIDDLEBURY — Maple Landmark will be opening its doors for free tours on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Manufacturing Day. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has been an opportunity for the public to learn about business and manufacturing here in the United … (read more)