Woodstock Area Job Bank

Back when I was in college, I took a semester off to live the life of a ski bum.  My parents—practical people—cut off all financial support.  No problem, I got a job at Sugarloaf as a ticket checker.  If you don’t know what that is it’s because ski mountains today have gone electronic. Back in the 70’s, a ticket checker […]

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A few months ago, everything changed for Rita and Tom.  Up until October, they had been enjoying retirement— gradually slowing down.  Rita didn’t drive any more, but that wasn’t a big issue because Tom did and he was happy to drive her anywhere she wanted to go. In October, Tom got cancer.  The cancer was aggressive, required  surgery and a […]

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  May your skis glide swiftly over the brilliant snow and your hot chocolate always be filled with marshmallows!

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For the past three years, I have been preforming with Revels North in their Christmas Show.  We begin rehearsals in September.  Many of the songs are sung in different languages. Many of the traditions celebrated in the show are foreign to me. Some nights, driving home in the dark and sometimes nasty weather, I wonder why I love it so. It […]

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The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are slow ones for the Job Bank.  While the rest of the world is hustling and bustling with holiday preparations, things here are quiet. I expect them to be—unless we have a major snow storm.  I’m glad for the calm. Today, I am catching up on all the little details of office life that […]

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Last week, we had a snow day: wet, sticky snow—no school, no power, and cancelled meetings galore. By my measure there was over a foot of snow on the back fence. Early in the morning, we also lost some huge branches in our front yard that partially blocked Rt.4.  The few cars that were out  drove slowly around the obstacle.  Then […]

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Thanksgiving has always been one of my least favorite holidays. I know, I know, … that sounds un-American, but the fact is I really don’t care for turkey, I can’t eat stuffing, and I think pumpkin pie is bland and unexciting.  The meal is a lot of work and the dishes afterwards are overwhelming . A few years back, I started […]

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On a rare free afternoon last Thursday, my daughter and I decided to be proactive and shop for basketball shoes. Basketball season doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving, but Sadie is fourteen, wears a size 11 shoe and has a very skinny foot.  We’ve learned from previous experience, shoe shopping is not always easy.  The real trouble is there are not many […]

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A few weeks ago, the printer at the Job Bank broke.  I didn’t think it was a big deal.  After all, it was less than a year old so it was under warranty.  I knew I had filled out the online product registration. I put in a call to customer service to find out what I needed to do to […]

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I took on the job as director of the Job Bank just a little over a year ago.  This is newsletter #56.  Are you surprised I haven’t run out of things to say yet?  Sometimes I am, but then another interesting thing happens. There are so many stories to tell in the Upper Valley. Part of my job as director […]

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How many times during your adult life have you wished you could clone yourself to get everything done?  I have often wished for an extra pair of hands. When my children were little, there just never seemed to be enough hours in the day. Today, young parents are having more trouble than ever trying to make ends meet, afford good […]

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My daughter has taught me more about using my computer in the last year than I would have thought possible. It’s not that what she knows is vast, but her experience with a computer is more playful.  I look at my keyboard and first think “typewriter”— old Mrs. Fair covering my fingers and tapping out with her pointer on the board […]

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Halfway through his shower on Sunday night, after a long day working in the yard, my husband lost the water— not the hot water, not the water pressure, but the water. Bam!  Just like that: no water.  It was already dark but he had to head out down to the pump house expecting that a bug had tripped a circuit.  It’s […]

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As Baby Boomers move swiftly toward retirement, Millennials are primed to take over.  We have been taking a glimpse into how things have been going for three young adults navigating the challenges of a 21st century workforce. Mike and Amy both chose career tracks that included college.  Not everyone goes that route.  Is choosing not to go to college still […]

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As Baby Boomers move swiftly toward retirement, Millennials are primed to take over. Let’s take a glimpse into how things have been going for three young adults navigating the challenges of a 21st century workforce.  Last week we met Mike who graduated from college and spent ten years moving through a series of jobs learning life lessons from each. This […]

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As Baby Boomers move swiftly toward retirement Millennials are primed to take over. Let’s take a glimpse into how things have been going for three young adults navigating the challenges of a 21st century workforce. Up first: Mike. Mike was a pretty typical high school student: good, not great, mostly A’s, a few B’s, some AP classes. He played a […]

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Thirty years ago, we added a large cedar deck to the back of our house.  I wanted cedar because I didn’t like the chemicals in pressure-treated wood. My husband, the builder, didn’t agree. We compromised.  The frame is made of pressure-treated wood that should last forever, but the planks you walk on are cedar, now aged to silver. Every couple of years […]

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Sticky.  If you asked me one word to describe a hot Vermont summer day, I would choose “sticky.”  You know, days where a dip in the lake is more like a dip into a lukewarm bathtub. Days where the walk from the kitchen to the living room can leave you dripping with sweat.  Days where the skies are ripe with […]

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I have been living in Vermont for about five years. I suspect everyone I have met during these years thinks of me differently from the way I think of myself.  Why?  I have six children.  Many of you know my youngest child, who is fourteen and still in school.  Some of you know my youngest son, who is 24, because […]

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Slip’n Slides are great in theory.  You take a run and fling yourself onto a slick, wet strip of plastic and have a thrilling ride down the pathway until you splash into a bottom bumper.  The reality, of course, is that you go nowhere most of the time.  You slip off into the grass some of the time. Every once […]

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On Sunday, June 10, Dartmouth College held their 2018 commencement ceremony.  The invited speaker was Mindy Kaling, Dartmouth alum, comedy writer and actor.  She advised graduates,  “You have to have insane confidence in yourself, even if it’s not real.  You need to be your own cheerleader now because there isn’t a roomful of people waving pompoms to tell you ‘You […]

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As I was leaving the library Friday afternoon, two young couples were perusing the books for sale in the front foyer.  One of the women exclaimed to her friends as she opened the door, ” Ooh, this is a real library” She’s right, of course.  I often have the same thought myself.  Lots of libraries are not quite what they […]

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When taxis were yellow you knew who to call. When summer arrived there was time for it all. No school for the kids, and hot summer weather, Daylight ’til nine to spend time together. No ticks in the long grass, no cable TV, No blasted cell phones that ring gleefully. Pancakes for breakfast, drive-in movies at night. Playing Monopoly, flying […]

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Summertime and the living is easy…. Grown-ups rarely get the long easy days they did when they were children, so ‘easy’ may not be the correct word.  Summertime is still unique.  The pace relaxes, but work still needs to get done. My family is an example of the modern families people are hoping to attract to the Woodstock area. My […]

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Two weeks ago, my husband finally broke down and bought a laptop.  He commutes back and forth from Massachusetts to Woodstock every weekend carrying two large file boxes.  We have all been trying to get him to give up his old desktop and buy a laptop so he can be more portable.  Finally he agreed. I spent the weekend teaching […]

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