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Will Notte

Will Notte

Phoenix bookseller noted for Syria support

Phoenix Books – with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and, most recently, Chester,  has been cited by an industry press for its support of Syrian refugees.

Phoenix’s senior bookseller in Rutland, Will Notte, is hoping to educate residents about Syria and its people, following the mayor’s proposal to let up to 100 Syrian refugees settle in the city, wrote Liz Button of Bookselling This Week. Notte, is also president of Rutland’s Board of Aldermen and is supporting Mayor Chris Louras’ proposal, has set up a book display at the front of the store to provide residents with information about Syria and the plight of its citizens fleeing the Islamic State.

Sometime this month, the State Department will announce whether it will authorize Rutland to take in Syrian refugees. If approved, Notte hopes the town will be able to begin integrating their new neighbors into the community by December.

Darn Tough donates socks to clean air challenge

Business Ticker logoDarn Tough Vermont of Northfield has donated 300 pairs of socks to the Way to Go! Challenge. Individuals who sign-up will be automatically entered to win a pair of these battle-tested socks, which are guaranteed for life.

The Way to Go! Challenge, which will take place between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7, is designed to encourage a culture of shared mobility and seeks to get people moving, to support cleaner air and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Registration is open for individuals, businesses and schools to sign-up online at

Jake’s Market honored for healthy offerings

General manager James Kerrigan receives the community champion award at Jake’s Quechee Market & Café.

General manager James Kerrigan receives the community champion award at Jake’s Quechee Market & Café.

Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership, in partnership with Health Connections of the Upper Valley, recently recognized Jake’s Quechee Market & Café as a community champion recipient for its dedication to keeping the community healthy with fresh local foods and limited tobacco products.

Jake’s Markets are family owned and operated businesses, first opening in 1997 as a gas station in Lebanon, N.H.  The  award recognizes community champions throughout Windsor County for actions that contribute to helping communities become healthier places for all to live.

To nominate an individual or organization making a positive impact or would like more information on establishing a tobacco or alcohol-free event, contact MAPP at or 802-674-2900 x 23 or HCUV at


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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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