–Paid, Current Members: Look for the SurveyMonkey ballot in Your Email Box today.
It is time for our annual voting for open positions on the Western Slopes Business Association Board of Directors. Votes will announced at the annual meeting on February 20, 4 PM at HMC Advertising, 3rd floor of the Goodwin-Baker Building. Paid, current members in Bolton, Huntington and Richmond will be sent a special SurveyMonkey ballot today. Everyone is invited to the annual meeting. The Board consists of seven directors. We have three candidates in this election with one opening yet to be filled. Three Directors, Brad Battin, Nick deTarnowsky, and Larry Bohen, are not up for election this year.
The three candidates are:
Mark Smith (3 year term) – Mark was born in New York State in 1939 and grew up in a family that encouraged craft, farming, art and outdoor activity. First trained as a historian, he later received an EdD in educational psychology and taught for 18 years at the University of Vermont. In 1986, he founded a publishing company focusing on industrial archeology and its preservation. The company produced and edited more than 60 magazines and seven books. Mark has also served on many boards and founded several organizations at the local, regional and national levels. He has helped organize and coordinate more than 50 weddings and other events.
Mark is a long time resident of Huntington with his wife, Marijke. They own Windekind Farm, a lodging and wedding venue.
Thomas Hark (3 year term) – Thomas Hark, President & CEO of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp based in Richmond. Thomas holds a Masters of Science Degree in Experiential Education from the University of Mankato. He is the former Vice President of the Board of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (Corps Network) as well as a past Chair of the Catamount Trail Association, Recycle North Board, Mallets Bay Homeowners Board, has served on the Vermont Environmental Consortium Board as well as many others and was a founding member of the Vermont Alliance of Non-Profit Organizations (VANPO). Thomas has served as the President of the Western Slopes Business Association for the past three years.
Tom Holmes (2 year term) – Tom is President of HMC Advertising in the Goodwin-Baker Building in Richmond, is responsible for the overall business management of HMC, client relationships and marketing strategy. Before joining HMC, Tom was with Kelliher Samets Volk in Burlington. Tom is an active board member on the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Northeast Governor’s Council, where he works on industry best practices and career recruitment initiatives.
We would like to thank Sherry Daniels and Dave Thomas for their years of dedicated service and contributions to our Association. Sherry utilized her organizational and event production skills to manage the Association’s membership program, produced the highly successful Holiday Market for several years, helped maintained our website and assisted in the production of events such as our breakfasts. Dave utilized his executive experience to update our bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, oversaw the process of attaining our non-profit status, assisted in producing our breakfasts and provided valuable advice in many Board decisions. Although no longer on the Board, Dave continues his engagement with us as our Treasurer and Sherry continues to support our membership program and website maintenance.
Reap Construction Offers Willis Homestead for Rent as Offices
Renovations are in progress to create beautiful and functional offices. 840 West Main Street; Richmond, VT
When renovations are complete, this office will have beautiful oak floors and trim, energy efficient windows, new roof and new high-efficiency natural gas furnace among other upgrades. Though the building is getting a face-lift and energy upgrades, the old farmhouse charm is being preserved giving it lots of character.
The 3,250 SF of finished space includes a kitchen with sitting area, conference room, five private offices (large enough to act as conference rooms), large open office area on first floor and ample parking. It is currently under renovation and layout could potentially be designed to fit renter’s needs. Attic is not included in total SF but has potential for awesome studio/open office floor plan/conference room as well.
This building is located on Route 2 headed into the village less than a mile from I-89 and the bus stop. There is a development in the planning phases next door which could include a restaurant/tavern, coffee shop and top-notch preschool.
Get on board now and you can have an incredible office and location for many years to come!
We would like to rent this to one business, but we are open to shared office situation as well. Email Joy Reap for more information.
Mark Your Calendars
2/21/2014, 4-5:30 PM – Richmond Farmers Market 2014 Annual Membership Meeting – Richmond Library Community Room – Vote on this seasons dates, officers, and budget. Share your input about how to make this year’s market the best ever! Meet old friends, make new ones, and get to know the RFM board and staff. Pick up an application packet for vending in 2014. (Application deadline: April 1.) Email Lauren Esserman for more information.
2/10/2014, 7:00 PM – Richmond Water Commission Special Water Rate Meeting, Town Center – The Richmond Water Commission is having a special meeting to discuss rate options. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Town Manager at 434-5170
By 4/15/2014 Vermont Homestead Declaration & Property Tax Adjustment Due – When you complete your income taxes for the State of Vermont, you need to declare your home as your primary residence EACH year. Also apply at the same time for the Property Tax adjustment, if you fall within the regulatory guidelines. Both forms MUST be filed every year to take advantage of these programs. You may declare your homestead and apply for property tax adjustment online. These forms must be filed by the April 15 deadline even if you receive an extension on your taxes. Any questions, contact the VT Tax department at 802-828-2515
Were You in the 7.27.2013 Round Church Community Photo?
The Round Church Bicentennial Committee has put together a list of the individuals whom we believe were in the community photo taken on July 27, 2013. This list will be posted on a table outside of the Richmond Town Clerk’s Office. It has the names of anyone who signed in on the day of the photo or placed a photo order. We are asking those who did not sign in or place a photo order to check this list to see if you are there. If you are not on the list, please add your name and that of any other family members who were in the photo. You can also email Fran Thomas and she will check the list and add your name(s) if you are not on the list.
Once the list is as complete as we can get it, we will archive it for future generations.
PS – Did you miss the Round Church Bicentennial Celebration on August 10, 2013, a perfect summer day? View a video of the great entertainment that day by area musicians.
Did You Know?
The Kitchen Table Bistro, 1840 West Main Street, Richmond, VT is now open Sundays, serving Casual Sunday Suppers. We offer a weekly changing 3-course menu for $30 per person (3 for $30). Here’s a sample menu. A la carte pricing and kids options always available.
Retail, office space available for rent in Richmond’s Round Church Plaza. Up to 2000 FT2. Existing businesses include The Grooming Shoppe (for dogs), Long Trail Physical Therapy, Richmond Dance Studio and Washburn’s Servicenter. Available space could be ideal as an office for an attorney, insurance agency, real estate, web design / ecommerce firm, chiropractor, contractor…. Email Jackie Washburn for more information.
Richmond Home Supply is happy to recommend local trades people and contractors who will do a great job.Email Yolanda or call 802-434-2887.