March 2016

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March 2016

In this issue:

8th Middlebury Maple Run Set for May 1st

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner; Incentive for Oldest Runners

The 8th annual Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half is just around the corner. There’s still plenty of time to put some training in so you’re ready to toe the starting line on Sunday, May 1st, at 9 a.m. Athletes can run the entire distance themselves or team up with a partner to create a two-person relay team. The event offers great swag—a t-shirt, live music on the course by Midd student bands, finisher’s medal, free photo download, and a post-race pancake breakfast.

Every year race a few new features are added so that the race day experience is fresh and fun—keeping runners returning year after year.  More than 600 runners have run the event two or more times during the event’s seven-year history. Some of the new and upgraded amenities being offered this year include:
  • An easy-to-follow 14-week training program
  • Pre-race pasta dinner the Saturday night before at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. The dinner will benefit the Cornwall Elementary School’s farm-to-school program which will allow the school to purchase more local foods to serve in its cafeteria.
  • Event sponsor WhistlePig Farms is offering a bottle of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey to the oldest male and female finishers. In 2015 the oldest woman was 70; the oldest man was 77.
  • And there are a few more features in the works that we’re not quite ready to announce.
And back this year by popular demand:
  • The post-race party meal will feature a pancake breakfast. The Rotary Club of Middlebury will be cooking and serving pancakes complemented by locally produced maple syrup and beverages from DrinkMaple.
  • Live music along the route provided by Middlebury College student bands.

Community Support Essential

Support from the business community is essential to the event’s success. There are many expenses incurred prior to race day, such as professional services, logistics, equipment and marketing. IPJ Real Estate and Addison Advisors return this year as title co-sponsors. Support is also provided by Deppman & Foley, Omya, Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Cabot Cheese, Drink Maple, Middlebury Fitness, National Bank of Middlebury, Two Brothers Tavern, WhistlePig Farms, as well as media sponsors Addison Independent and 92.1WVTK.

Proceeds Distributed Via Grants

The proceeds from the Middlebury Maple Run are disbursed via grants to Addison County-based non-profits. Over the last seven years, the event has donated more than $50,000

For more information or to register, visit the event website.

Member Spotlight: Carpenter & Costin

Carpenter & Costin was established in Vermont in 2005 and remains locally-owned by Russ Marsan and Matt Cataldo. While the business is based in Rutland, they have several clients in Addison County such as EastView at Middlebury. Carpenter & Costin specializes in providing exceptional service while enhancing outdoor living spaces and commercial landscape design and maintenance. They offer a full range of landscaping services from Spring and Fall clean-ups to lawn mowing and seasonal maintenance programs.

Carpenter & Costin has become totally immersed in the Come Alive Outside movement which raises awareness about childhood obesity, and encourages families to get outside and get back to nature. For example Carpenter & Costin has been a supporter of Rutland’s Winterfest and Fun in the Park events. Come Alive Outside is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works closely with partners in the landscape profession, as well as college horticulture and landscape architecture departments, in order to get people off the couch and back outside in communities across North America. To learn more about the initiative, visit Come Alive Outside’s website.

New Member Introductions 

Good Point Recycling (welcome back!)
Robin Ingenthron, President
227 Pond Lane
Middlebury, VT  05753
P: 802-382-8500
Category: Recycling

Rokeby Museum (welcome back!)
Jane Williamson, Executive Director
4334 Route 7
Ferrisburgh, VT  05456
P: 802-877-3406
Category: Museums/Historic Sites

Membership Renewals

Thanks for renewing your membership!

Addison County Farm Bureau
Addison County Home Health & Hospice
Appalachian Gap Distillery, Inc.
Art on Main
bMighty2 Bread Loaf Corporation
Briggs Trucking Inc.
Bristol Family Center
Casella Waste Management
Chipman Inn
Coldwell Banker Bill Beck Real Estate
Comfort Hill Kennel
Community College of Vermont
Crossroads B&B
CTP Gifts, Inc.
Harry Curth
Efficiency Vermont
High Winds Lodge & Cottages
International Paper Company
Joan Siminitus
Kittell, Branagan & Sargent
Middlebury Animal Hospital Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Middlebury Fitness
NAPA Auto Parts
Northlands Job Corps Center
r.k. MILES
Resort Guides
Rosie's Restaurant
Sweet Charity
SymQuest TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S.
The Image Farm
The Storm Cafe
The Swallow's Nest
Vermont Coffee Company
Vermont Soap
Vermont Table Company
Vermont's Own Products
Wallace Realty
Willowell Foundation

March Coffee Talk

  • Local Firms Join Forces as Marble Trail Financial
  • ProSkin Studio Expands Staff
  • Juice Amour Adds Soups & Smoothies
  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Receives Grant from Vermont Community Foundation to Partner with Vergennes Schools

Local Firms Join Forces as Marble Trail Financial

Two financial-service firms in Middlebury’s Marble Works are coming together to create Marble Trail Financial, which blends asset management and planning with certified public accounting to offer the most complete service package of its kind in the area.

Since 2010, principals Don Devost and Matt Wootten of Addison Advisors have brought a personalized, holistic approach to helping area residents manage their assets and achieve their financial goals. They’ve formed the new venture with Steve and Louise Misasi, whose firm Misasi & Company CPAs dates to 2004 and has offices in both Middlebury and Dorset.

“This meets a strong demand among our clients, for a one-stop shop,” said Devost. “No one else in the area is providing such a full range of financial services.”

“We’ve been collaborating with the folks at Misasi for several years,” Wootten added — “and on every occasion, we’ve recognized that the value we can create by working together is larger than the sum of our individual parts.”

“Whenever we have melded our investment and tax planning strategies, we have delivered exceptional outcomes,” Steve Misasi agreed. “Our mutual efforts have included tax-efficient retirement income strategies, business transition consulting, tax-preferred college savings approaches, gifting strategies, and retirement savings plans.

“By making this formal alliance,” Wootten said, “we can leverage our fields of expertise to provide an expanded, holistic offering of services for any and all clients who might benefit.”

Marble Trail Financial aims to serve community members of all means, and Devost said it offers two key advantages. “The first is timeliness. Investment advisors and accountants must do a myriad list of things on a timely basis, and we need to work closely together. Being in the same office facilitates that.

Marble Trail Financial is named “for the rock-solid marble corridor that runs beneath our communities,” said Steve Misasi. His CPA firm began in the Dorset-Manchester area, then expanded into Middlebury in 2006 when they bought the long-standing local company Miller, Deverell & Co. The former principals of that firm, Walter Deverell and Walter Miller, continue to work part-time for Misasi and Company.

For more information, visit or call 802 989-7584.

ProSkin Studio Expands Staff

Jenn Buker, owner of Middlebury’s ProSkin Studio, has recently added to her staff, thus expanding the services offered.  Alex Spooner, a massage therapist, joined ProSkin’s team last fall and Alyssa Santamore was added in February. Alyssa is a recent graduate from O'Briens Aveda Institute and is well versed in all types of massage, from prenatal and hot stone, to trigger point release and deep tissue, but her love is definitely a relaxing Swedish massage!

Juice Amour Adds Soups & Smoothies

Juice Amour is excited to introduce soup and smoothies to its menu. Every soup order comes with two mini heart shaped corn muffins that are both gluten and dairy free (soups too)! Check out their full menu here

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Receives Grant from Vermont Community Foundation to Partner with Vergennes Schools

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum received a grant of $20,000 from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations program to expand education opportunities for elementary and middle school students at Vergennes Union Schools. “We are thrilled to receive the award,” says Mike Smiles, LCMM Executive Director.  “This grant allows the Museum to build its capacity to serve the Vergennes Schools’ innovative year-round after-school programs. The project is an important first step in redefining how the Museum can make a difference to students’ success through a maritime lens for learning. We are grateful to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning, Mayor Bill Benton, and Board Superintendent Jeffry Glassberg for their vision of expanding opportunities through community partnerships.” 

March Mixer Preview: Creative Space Gallery

March is the last stop on our informal gallery/mixer tour. We’ve visited Art on Main and Edgewater Gallery the last two months, and in March we’ll be hosted by Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes. If you haven’t been to the gallery before, you’ll be able to view work from fifty Vermont artists, 25 of whom are from Addison County. Refreshments and wine tasting will be provided by Vergennes Wine. The pot of gold is now valued at $600.

Click here to get more details.

In February we attended two mixers—one in the morning; one in the evening. Thanks to Vermont Coffee Company and Edgewater Gallery for hosting us. Look for a few more morning mixers to be added to the schedule—based on popular demand.

Looking ahead to the next three months’ mixers:
  • April 21: Maple Landmark, Middlebury
  • May 12 AM: EastView at Middlebury
  • May 19 PM: UVM Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge
  • June 16: Counseling Service of Addison County, Middlebury