Charlie Tompkin carries on a family tradition

Charlie Tompkin carries on a family tradition

The Aske family has a rich history on the waters of Shelburne Bay and Charlie Tompkin is making sure he keeps that history alive. Tompkin grew up in Warren and lived there for five years after attending college and working in food services and photography in Boston, but when his grandfather Jerry Aske died and… Read More »

Natalie Tucker Miller: Enriching life for elders

Natalie Tucker Miller: Enriching life for elders

Natalie Tucker Miller had worked as a nursery school teacher for many years and was well-versed as a storyteller when she came up the with idea of visiting nursing homes and reading to the residents. “I really resist the temptation to make the comparison between children and elders,” she said, “but there is a similarity… Read More »

Melanie Goodman: Helping those who help others

Melanie Goodman knows what it’s like to be a service provider to at-risk youth. She once ran a small nonprofit in western Massachusetts that worked with homeless youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and children in foster care. In 1984, she became codirector of Youth Catalytics, which was then called the New England Network for Child,… Read More »

John Bisbee: Advocate for Vermont youths

Working as an optical system engineer, John Bisbee helped make the first camera that landed on the surface of Mars in 1976, as well as the cameras that circled the moon to find a place for American astronauts to land. Those are the ones he can talk about; many more remain classified. After retirement, Bisbee’s… Read More »

WhipperSnapper Paddles: a local touch for a growing sport

WhipperSnapper Paddles: a local touch for a growing sport

Alan Hathaway and his wife Betsy had been playing pickleball for several years when Betsy purchased a WhipperSnapper paddle, which was made by a small company in Arizona. She learned that Ralph and Nancy Norrander, the couple making the paddles, were thinking of retiring and weren’t sure what they were going to do with the… Read More »

Hank Slauson: Protecting Lake Champlain

Hank Slauson: Protecting Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain has been a destination for Hank Slauson’s family since 1888. In 1921, his family bought a cottage on the Georgia shore across from Savage Island that Slauson still owns. He shares his love of the lake with his wife Jeannie, three children, two stepchildren, and nine grandchildren. That’s why he is happy to… Read More »

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