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Rome Was Built in 12 Years

Written by Matt Crawford on . Posted in Entrepreneurs, Outdoor Rec and Nature

An independent snowboard company quietly racks up millions in sales

Josh Reid and Paul Maravets, founders of Rome Snowboards. Photo by Shem Roose.

Photo: Paul Maravetz, left, and Josh Reid, right, founders of Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate, outside their workplace in Waterbury. Photograph by Shem Roose.

There are those who get Rome Snowboards and those who don’t. Those who do include a server at a Waterbury watering hole called The Reservoir. She’s balancing truffle fries, a Heady Topper and an even more obscure Vermont microbrew on a serving tray while a black order pad adorned with “Rome SDS” stickers juts out of the back pocket of her jeans.

Across the street at the Blackback Pub & Flyshop, yet another Waterbury watering hole, a middle-aged man with a plumbing and heating company logo on the left breast of his tan polo shirt jumps into a conversation at the bar. When he’s told the worldwide headquarters of Rome Snowboards is less than a mile away, in a nondescript building on a dead-end street before the bridge across the Winooski River, he gives that little head shake often used to express mild confusion. He’s never heard of Rome. He’s blissfully unaware that Rome is carving out enough of a worldwide market presence to support about 140 unique products — a line that fills a catalog as thick as a sandwich.

Rome’s high-profile/no-profile dichotomy exists

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Free Fishing and State Park Access on Vermont Days

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Outdoor Rec and Nature, Web Exclusives

From the Vermont Department of Tourism:

Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore Vermont places and activities for free! Vermont State Park day areas and state-owned historic sites will be open at no charge on June 8–9. Saturday is free fishing day — the one day of the year that anyone with a fishing pole may fish Vermont waterways without a license. Vermont Days offer a variety of activities and events at state parks and historic sites. Note, several sites offer specific free times one day only, please be sure to visit for the complete schedule.

Featured Events

June 8

Grand Isle Fishing Festival at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle. Designed for young anglers, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Go Fly a Kite … at Hubbarton Battlefield
Learn how to make a simple kite or bring your own to fly and enjoy our freedoms. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Vermont History Museum
The Vermont History Museum features the award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit with hands-on Vermont history from 1600 to the present day. There is also an exhibit area showing Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers. Free, Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lorax Day at Quechee State Park 
Activities throughout the day include a Lorax story walk, a “Truffle” tree identification walk, a Find the Lorax Compass class, a Lorax craft activity and a Lorax obstacle course. Come join the fun! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mount Independence History Program
Paul Gillies, Vermont historian and attorney, presents the annual J. Robert Maguire lecture.  1 p.m.

June 9

Justin Smith Morrill Homestead Open House
Come tour the house, stroll the trails and visit the lovely gardens. Free refreshments and dessert make this one sweet deal! 2 to 4 p.m.

To find out more about Vermont’s great fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at (802) 241-3700 and ask for a copy of the “Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide.”  E-mail for any questions or discover more from the Fish & Wildlife website.

While there, check out this new interactive resource for Family Friendly Fishing spots.

To learn more about Vermont’s history and historic sites, current exhibits, season-long special events and children’s activities, Vermont State Historic Sites has launched a new website – Vermont’s historic sites are open through mid to late October 2013.

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