79) Ms. Stowe
1. Diane McCarthy
2. Heidi Scheuermann
3. Ani Petrolito
Nominees: Cristina Mink, Donna Carpenter, Huntly Armbruster, Jessica Cameron, Julia Gill, Kate Carpenter, Kristen Mooney, Lauren LePage, Leslie Anderson, Nielle Roselip, Patti Clark.
30+ years ago when this writer skied into Stowe, McCarthy’s Restaurant was across the street from its current location, in the little building that’s housed a ton of different businesses — clothing store, Italian gourmet market, numerous restaurants. Thirty years on, owner Diane McCarthy still greets her guests at breakfast, with the same sincerity and kindness and some stored-away nugget just about you … “I was so sorry to hear about …” or “How was the wedding?” That’s how she treats her community, too. She always comes through.
80) Mr. Stowe
1. Bobby Roberts
2. AJ Shinners
3. Willie Noyes
Nominees: Brian Krux, David Jaqua, Ed Rovetto, Esbert Cardenas Jr., Mark Vandenberg, Steve Sulin, Tad Davis.
Someone ought to write a book about Bobby Roberts. And title it “Mr. Stowe.”
81) Ms. Waterbury
1. Sue Minter
2. Rosina Wallace
3. Hiata DeFeo
Nominees: Christina Warnstedt, Liz Schlegel, MK Monley, Monica Callan, Nicole Grenier, Susan Fishman, Whitney Aldrich.
Three-peat! Sue Minter once again leads an impressive group of Waterbury women.
82) Mr. Waterbury
1. Ken Squier
2. Ari Fishman
3. Peter Miller
Nominees: Bill Minter, David Juenker, Ed Steele, Jeremy Ayers, John Walsh, Kyle Smith, Mark Frier, Noah Fishman.
Ken Squier this year sold WDEV, his family’s radio station since 1935. Take it easy. Mr. Waterbury remains behind the mic, as the sale allows Ken to still bring you Music to Go to the Dump By, and other gems.
83) Ms. Lamoille
1. Maggie Cleary
2. TIE: Tricia Follert and Emoji Nightmare
3. Theresa Snow
Nominees: Dawn Archbold, Jennifer Bishop, Kim Kaufman, Marisa Menendez, Savi van Sluytman.
The two ladies vying for the title of Ms. Lamoille may differ from each other in their chrom…
84) Mr. Lamoille
1. Rusty DeWees
2. Hank Glowiak
3. Seth Yacovone
Nominees: Dave Yacovone, Donald Blake, Gary Nolan, Jimmy Goldsmith, Kenny Gardner, Peter Bourne, Tom Moog.
Rusty, what about a local (Stowe?) revival of David Budbill’s “Judevine?” Reprise Antoine 30 years hence. After all, you’re Mr. Lamoille now.
We’d also like to note that Seth Yacovone edged Kenny Gardner by a single vote. Settle it over a Heady?
85) Entrepreneur of the year (2017-18) — Stowe
1. David Wolfgang — Pinnacle Ski & Sports
2. John & Jen Kimmich — The Alchemist
3. Danielle Moffatt, Morgan Nichols & Katie Nichols — Cork Wine Bar & Market
Nominees: Ed Rovetto, Graham & Cristina Mink, Jessica Cameron, John Decker, Mark Frier and Chad Fry, Mark Ray, Meaghan Minogue, Rachel & Mark Vandenberg.
David Wolfgang says he likes to keep a low profile and work behind the scenes, but someone’s…
86) Entrepreneur of the year (2017-18) — Waterbury
1. Ari, Noah & Marlena Fishman — Zenbarn
2. Nicole Grenier — Stowe Street Café
3. Hiata DeFeo — Bridgeside Books/Home
Nominees: Jessica Wright, Kyle & Heather Smith, Lynn Mason & Dave Juenker, Noah Tautfest.
Great vegetarian/vegan food, great bartender, great place for a date night, great indoor music spot, great yoga — all categories in which Zenbarn posted a top-three finish. It’s no wonder folks picked the Fishmans for this year’s Waterbury entrepreneur(s).
87) Entrepreneur of the year (2017-18) — Morrisville
1. Hank Glowiak — Chuck’s Bikes
2. Caleb Magoon — Power Play Sports/Waterbury Sports
3. Michelle Tomlinson — The Cakery/Baby Bundts of Vermont
Nominees: Andrew Mink, Jennifer Isabell, Jimmy Goldsmith & Kim Kaufman, Marisa Menendez & Michael Jansen, Peter Bourne, Ria St. Pierre.
A very, very solid group of Lamoille County businesspeople and community leaders. But perennial fave Hank Glowiak pedals away with another win.
88) Volunteer of the year/local who gives back
1. David Wolfgang
2. Donna & Jake Carpenter
3. Devon Heath Williams
Nominees: Amy Touchette, Barbara Baraw, Darsey Moon, Huntly Armbruster, Justin Marsh, Leslie Anderson, Peter Ingvoldstad.
90). Best annual event — Stowe
1. Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
2. Art on Park
3. British Invasion
Nominees: B3 Festival, Craft Brew Races, Hyde Cup, Stowe Antique & Classic Car Show, Stowe Brewers Festival, Stowe Fourth of July Parade, Stowe Oktoberfest, Stowe Winter Carnival, Vermont Renaissance Faire.
Did you know that there’s a term for the guy who “sacrifices himself during a flap inflation to stand inside the envelope and hold it up so that no valuable rip-stop gets burnt?” The term is, wait for it… cremation Charlie! How do you compete with that, even if you’re showcasing sleek British autos, hundreds of antique cars, bands that go oompah, or spectacular fireworks? (Editor’s note: We liked last year’s writeup — cremation Charlie, right! — so we relaunched it.)
91) Best annual event — Lamoille County
1. Lamoille County Field Days
2. Oxbow Music Festival
Nominees: Cambridge Arts Festival, Cambridge Fourth of July Parade.
Every July, traffic on Route 100C picks up noticeably for one 3-day stretch as thousands of …
92) Best annual event — Waterbury
1. Waterbury Arts Festival
2. River of Light Parade
3. Not Quite Independence Day
Nominee: Waterbury Winterfest.
A bonafide street festival with fun, food and frivolity. Stowe Street becomes a pedestrian-only thoroughfare with music all day and night, food trucks, beer garden and art, art, art.
93) Best local tour
1. Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
2. Umiak Outfitters
3. Stowe Soaring
Nominees: Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Eden Dog Sledding, Fly Rod Shop, Four Points VT Mountain Bike School & Guide Service, Gentle Giants Sleigh & Carriage Tours, Mud City Adventures, Peace Pups Dogsledding, Stowe At Night Lantern Tours.
It’s gotta be the ice cream at the end.
94) Best nonprofit or community organization — Stowe
1. Stowe Land Trust
2. Helen Day Arts Center
3. Stowe Rescue Squad
Nominees: iShareworks, Stowe Adaptive Sports, Stowe Education Fund, Stowe Free Library, Stowe Historical Society, Stowe Performing Arts, Stowe Rotary, Stowe Trails Partnership, Stowe Vibrancy, Stowe Volunteer Emergency Services, Stowe Weekend of Hope.
Farms. Forests. Recreation lands. Natural features. Iconic views. 3,500 acres conserved in 30 years. Stowe Land Trust.
95) Best nonprofit or community organization — Lamoille County
1. North Country Animal League
2. Justice for Dogs
3. Lamoille Area Cancer Network
Nominees: Cambridge Area Rotary, Capstone Community Action, Clarina Howard Nichols Center, Green Mountain Support Services, Lamoille Community Food Shelf, Lamoille Family Center, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, River Arts, Salvation Farms, United Way of Lamoille County.
Ruff. It’s hard to beat the puppies and kitties, even when you’re helping the poor, the hungry, the battered and the infirm.
We all, it seems, hold a soft spot for critters of the four-legged variety. Could it be because the love they give back is the unconditional variety?
96) Best nonprofit or community organization — Waterbury
1. Revitalizing Waterbury
2. Waterbury Area Food Shelf
3. Waterbury Area Trails Association
Nominees: A River Runs Through It Garden Club, Children’s Literacy Foundation, Duxbury Elf’s Shelf, Friends of Waterbury Public Library, Himalayan Cataract Project, The Children’s Room, Waterbury Area Senior Center, Waterbury Historical Society, Waterbury Rotary.
There’s a lot of great work being done in Waterbury by a number of impressive groups and dozens and dozens of volunteers and others. But the Revitalizers came out on top.
Is this your first time participating in the 4393 Awards?
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