Thanks for Helping Us Choose Our Summer Cover
We asked our Facebook fans to help us choose our Summer 2012 cover, and we were delighted with how many votes were cast! We went with your recommendation, this sweet and vivid photo of farmer Mark Fasching and his daughter, Hazel, tending to crops at Barber Farm (photographed by Daria Bishop). The choice was between the photo above or an action shot featuring a boy on a rope swing headed into a lake. More than 100 people cast votes for the farmer and daughter, and weighed in with thoughtful comments. Carolyn Davis Satre wrote, "Love it! I have a feeling this baby won't grow up to be a kid who stays inside playing video games all day!" And Alice Ennis commented, "This photo is Vermont and it is life in Vermont (survival, growth, rebirth, planning, responsibility, nurturing). This is definitely your cover photo."
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Shelly Thayer is Vermont Life’s website editor, coordinating everything from story placement to inserting ads to uploading this very e-newsletter. And she is "web everything" for the state of Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development. She lives in Bolton with her husband Christopher; mom, Jan; and two dogs, Hunter and Cody.
1. You were recently honored with a Public Service Week award for your work on vtstrong.vermont.gov — a portal for Tropical Storm Irene recovery information. How did you feel?
ST: Honored. All the staff in the Agency of Commerce should be honored. Everyone worked hard to help as many people and businesses as we could — we were working many, many hours, and many continue to help those still in need.
2. What was/is your role with that site?
ST: I was asked to build out the site as quickly as I could so we could get the word out to those in need. We had it up and running in about three days, complete with content. That was record time and required countless hours by the whole team.
3. How did you get interested in website design?
ST: I love the creative aspects of building a site. When I began designing sites, in the old days, you had to use a lot of smoke and mirrors to bring a site to life. I much prefer the wide variety of tools available today.
4. What is your favorite website that you did not create?
ST: Hum. I don't really have a favorite, and in today's web environment, sites are always changing. Although, I like sites with color, movement and life; and of course, easy-to-navigate sites.
5. What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?
ST: You're allowed to enjoy a weekend?! I'm always working. When I do have some time, however, I love working in our yard — we have lots of flowers.
May To-Do List
Here's a super Vermonty event hosted by Shelburne Farms: Of Cows, Caves, and Cheese. May 11 to 13, take a journey into artisanal cheese-making. Begin at Shelburne Farms with a pasture walk, farm tour and visit to the dairy at milking time. On day two, make cheddar cheese, and then travel to the Northeast Kingdom for a rare opportunity to see The Cellars at Jasper Hill. Plus, visit several area farms and the Food Venture Center, and learn about the Center for an Agricultural Economy. (802) 985-0342.
Peruse locally made works of art at the Norwich Sunday Craft Fair on May 27. More than 40 artisans participate, and there's live music. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Norwich Farmers Market. (802) 356-2082.
Spring is on the way. Join gardener and landscape designer Derrick Boulay for a two-session workshop in which participants learn how to use light, color, texture, form and scale as guides for creating beautiful outdoor scenes. May 30 and June 6, River Arts, Morrisville. www.riverartsvt.org.
Some events require tickets and preregistration, so
please call ahead.
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