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Duo finds niche in ski boot market

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Bill Doble and Dave Dodge, owners of Dodge Ski Boots, sat in their Essex showroom, surrounded by framed photographs of professional skiers, pairs of freshly made ski boots and a vintage ski lift mounted from the ceiling to the floor. Doble and Dodge have been designing and manufacturing custom ski boots since 2009. They started…

Invasive plants: An endpoint?

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My job as the Chittenden County forester can be broadly described as negotiating the relationship between humans and the forested ecosystems of Chittenden County. To this end, I serve as a resource for landowners, communities and individuals interested in forests, forest management and land stewardship. Through my work I have the opportunity to observe the…

Our commitment to Earth is at risk

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When the world’s first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, it focused on the alarming rate of deterioration of our environment and helped lead to landmark changes in policy such as creation of the EPA and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts. Earth Day is now a worldwide event commemorated in almost…

Trump’s education budget: A paradise lost?

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“But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropp’d manna and could make the worse appear the better reason.” – John Milton, Paradise Lost, II.I.112 We had a vision of a more perfect nation where democracy and equality were more than aspirations. We believed we could make this piece of paradise real with the…

Business owner supports Nepalese economy

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Ongyel Sherpa, owner of U.S. Sherpa International, an importer and wholesale distributer of Nepalese handcrafted goods, sat behind his computer at his home office in Essex, surrounded by product catalogs, clothing samples, wool socks, scarfs and bags. Of Nepalese descent, Sherpa came to the U.S. in 1998 at age 18 through a sponsorship from Geoff…