Vermont Ski Resorts Face Worker Shortage As They Prepare For Upcoming Season

Photo of entrance to Pico Ski Resorts in Vermont with a sign that says the resort is hiring.

Vermont’s ski industry lost an estimated $100 million last winter due to COVID-19. That means this year is critical. With travel restrictions loosened, many in the ski industry hoped this season would be easier. But a housing crunch and worker shortage — problems that have been simmering for years — have gotten even worse since…

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Restaurant Workers Contend With Changing Protocols As Tourists Return to Maine

For months now, Maine’s coastal towns have been packed with visitors — a welcome bounce-back for a hospitality industry that was reeling last year. But the return of tourists hasn’t been all good for restaurant workers, who say they’ve had to deal with contentious customers, some challenging health protocols such as mask and vaccine mandates.…

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Coastal Entrepreneurs Continue To Ramp Up Maine’s Production Of Kelp

Coastal entrepreneurs continue to ramp up Maine’s production of kelp, and a processor that’s seeded the young sector’s growth is responding by opening a 27,000 square foot plant in Biddeford, Maine. Atlantic Sea Farms CEO Briana Warner says that in the last two seasons, the 24 farmers who supply kelp to the company have increased…

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Wet Weather Waterlogs New Hampshire Summer Tourism

Recent heavy rain is putting a damper on New Hampshire’s summer activities. The record-setting rain that’s hit the state lately has limited the number of tourists heading outside. Many outdoor-centered businesses are improvising after expecting a busy summer with easing pandemic restrictions. New England is experiencing more precipitation, in larger, more concentrated amounts, and at…

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Why Is The Mass. Unemployment Rate Twice As High As N.H.’s?

At the Waterhouse Restaurant in southwestern New Hampshire, soft shell crabs were on the lunch menu and business was brisk. But General Manager Linda Quintanilha said she can’t fully re-open the restaurant in Peterborough because she can’t find enough staff. “Half the patio is closed and half the dining room is closed,” Quintanilha said. New…

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The Flavors of our Neighbors: At Lalo’s In Lebanon, The Taco Is King

Eddie Morán’s loved tacos for as long as he can remember. “They’re simple, easy and fast,” Morán says. He even has a taco tattoo on his left wrist. At his restaurant, Lalo’s Taqueria in Lebanon, he makes food that’s pretty (and Instagrammable), locally-sourced and affordable. At lunch time, pop music plays as customers check out…

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Connecticut To Join Massachusetts, Vermont As Higher-Tax State For Marijuana

When Governor Ned Lamont, as expected, signs a bill legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Connecticut, the retail tax rate would be at the high end for states in the Northeast. Cannabis will be subject to three different taxes in Connecticut: the standard state sales tax, a local tax collected by communities with dispensaries, and…

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Overtime: How Valyria Lewis Juggled Work, Family, Music And Grief

For Valyria Lewis, the music didn’t go away when she wasn’t able to perform in public during the pandemic. She’s always sat at her piano to sing, practice and play. “Being on stage is great and having the light and the energy from the audience is awesome,” said Lewis, who goes by Miss Vee when…

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