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Friday, March 20, 2020

Seven Days Launches 'Good To-Go Vermont,' an Online Directory of Local Restaurants Offering Takeout and Delivery

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 9:27 AM

TOM MCNEILL
  • Tom McNeill
In response to the current ban on table service at all Vermont restaurants, Seven Days has launched a digital directory of local eateries that are offering takeout, delivery or curbside drop-off options during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Vermont restaurants may be off-limits to dine-in customers, but they are still making delicious food that people want to purchase and enjoy,” said Paula Routly, publisher and co-founder of Seven Days. “By collecting all of this information in one place, we hope to generate business for anyone who is still open during this unbelievably challenging time.”

GoodToGoVermont.com will make it easy for diners to sort by region and find restaurants still operating near them and what they are cooking up. The directory draws on the extensive database of Vermont restaurants featured in our annual dining guide, 7 Nights.

To view the growing list of restaurants, visit GoodToGoVermont.com. Restaurateurs can add themselves right there on the site. Know an eatery that should be listed? Contact us at goodtogo@sevendaysvt.com
Seven Days’ Vermont Restaurant Week, originally scheduled for April 24 to May 3, is being postponed until later in 2020. All seven of the event’s sponsors — Vermont Federal Credit Union, Vermont Creamery, Burlington Beer Company, WhistlePig, City Market, Onion River Co-op, Shacksbury Cider and the Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa — are supporting Good To-Go Vermont.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Letter to Our Readers (March 18, 2020)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 4:15 PM

Seven Days Staff - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Seven Days Staff
Dear Readers:

Events are a big part of our business at Seven Days: We write about them, advertise them, sell tickets to them and organize them ourselves.

The social distancing all of us are now practicing to limit the spread of the coronavirus has forced organizers to cancel events and pull back on their advertising. Many local businesses are closing temporarily and curtailing
their promotional efforts, too.

That advertising funds our journalism.

No one knows for sure how long this pause will last. Here’s what we do know: Seven Days turns 25 this year, and we’ve never had a better team. Our employee-owners are invested in this community and willing to sacrifice to
ensure that we continue putting out a paper and reporting the news.

If you value our work and can afford to help us weather the storm, please consider making a one-time contribution or a recurring monthly payment. Doing so will make you a Super Reader, along with a few hundred others who value Seven Days enough to pay for it. Please join them. We could use your help! Visit sevendaysvt.com/super-readers to sign up, or call us at 864-5684.

And please keep supporting our advertisers. Can’t shop in person? Purchase a gift card to use when you’re ready, or buy something from a local store or restaurant that’s featured in our Good To-Go Vermont campaign. This will help keep our Vermont economy strong, ensuring that there are things to do when we can all get together again.

Stay safe,
Your friends at Seven Days

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Seven Days and Kate O’Neill Receive the 2020 Jack Barry Communications Award From Recovery Vermont

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:13 PM

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  • James Buck for Recovery Vermont
  • Cathy Resmer (left) and Maura O'Neill at Recovery Day in Montpelier
Writer Kate O’Neill’s 2019 series “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis,” published in Seven Days, received this year’s Jack Barry Communications Award from Recovery Vermont. The award presentation took place during the nonprofit advocacy organization’s annual Recovery Day event in Montpelier on February 12.

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“Hooked” was rooted in tragedy: O’Neill’s sister, Madelyn Linsenmeir, struggled with opioid-use disorder for more than a decade. After her death in October 2018, O’Neill wrote a candid and compassionate obituary that was read by millions around the world. At the urging of Seven Days, she agreed to broaden her focus in a yearlong series. O’Neill used traditional journalism, narrative storytelling and her own experiences to explore Vermont’s opioid epidemic and efforts to address it.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Seven Days Wins 14 First-Place Awards, Including General Excellence, in Regional Media Competition

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:17 PM

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Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won 14 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better  Newspaper Competition — including for general excellence and top honors in business, crime and courts, education, health, human interest, religion, science and sports-feature reporting. Eva Sollberger received first place in all four video categories. The paper also won seven second-place and one third-place awards — 22 total.

The contest is organized by the New England Newspaper & Press Association; winners were announced at NENPA’s annual convention last weekend in Boston.
NENPA members submitted more than 3,000 entries in five contest divisions. Seven Days — which circulates 36,000 print copies every Wednesday — competed against numerous other large New England weeklies.

Here’s what judges had to say about Seven Days’ 14 first-place awards:

Monday, January 6, 2020

Seven Days Adds Veteran Employees to Its Ownership Team

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Top row from left to right; Paula Routly, Robyn Birgisson, Kaitlin Montgomery, Corey Grenier, Colby Roberts, Eva Sollberger, Michelle Brown,  Ken Picard, Paul Heintz and Don Eggert. - Bottom row from left to right; Carolyn Fox, Cathy Resmer, John James, Matt Weiner, Dan Bolles, Michael Bradshaw and Diane Sullivan. - Not present: Pamela Polston
  • Top row from left to right; Paula Routly, Robyn Birgisson, Kaitlin Montgomery, Corey Grenier, Colby Roberts, Eva Sollberger, Michelle Brown, Ken Picard, Paul Heintz and Don Eggert. Bottom row from left to right; Carolyn Fox, Cathy Resmer, John James, Matt Weiner, Dan Bolles, Michael Bradshaw and Diane Sullivan.Not present: Pamela Polston
Seven Days founders Paula Routly and Pamela Polston are pleased to announce that 13 longtime employees are new shareholders in the media company  the two women created almost 25 years ago. The holdings of those workers, combined with those of minority owners Cathy Resmer, Don Eggert and Colby Roberts, now represent 49 percent of the business.

“These employees have been crucial to our success — upping our news game, creating meaningful events, running other publications, always innovating — so we decided to make it official,” said Routly, publisher and co-editor of Seven Days.

The newly vested shareholders extend across all departments in the operation, from editorial to circulation. They are: staff writer Paul Heintz, Kids VT account executive Kaitlin Montgomery, account executives Michael Bradshaw, Michelle Brown and Robyn Birgisson, marketing director Corey Grenier, staff writer Ken Picard, assistant arts editor Dan Bolles, production manager John James, art director Diane Sullivan, circulation director Matt Weiner, chief proofreader and special publications manager Carolyn Fox and senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger.

All of the 1 percent owners have been with Seven Days fulltime since at least 2012. Several in the group have been working at the company for much longer.

The latest development is part of a succession plan that began in 2009, when Roberts, Resmer and Eggert were brought in as junior partners. “In some areas, we’ve mentored them; in others, Pamela and I have learned from their expertise,” Routly explained. “That collaboration has led to better decision making.”

Resmer, Roberts and Eggert each now own 12 percent of the company.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Seven Days Wins Two Awards in Regional Media Competition

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 2:54 PM

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Every year the New England Newspaper and Press Association recognizes the most outstanding journalism in the region with its “Publick Occurrences” awards. Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won two — of 16 — at NENPA’s annual New England Newspaper Conference in Worcester, Mass., last week.

The judges selected “Give and Take,” the paper’s five-week exploration of Vermont’s nonprofit economy, for examining “every aspect of an important, and growing, sector in the state of Vermont,” according to the program writeup. “Seven Days was able to make the series compelling and even led to an embezzlement charge in the fundraising arena.”

The second award went to Seven Days and reporter Kate O’Neill for the series “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis.”

“There are many people stories here,” a judge wrote about Seven Days and O’Neill’s work, “but it is a wrenchingly personal account that pulls no punches.”

The Hooked series is partially funded by the Vermont Community Foundation, the University of Vermont Health Network and Pomerleau Real Estate.

NENPA’s Publick Occurrences awards are named after the first newspaper published in America — in 1690 Boston. Four days after its launch, the royal governor shut down the fledgling media company.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Find Jobs, Make Connections and Learn About Local Innovation at the 13th Vermont Tech Jam

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 1:42 PM

JAMES BUCK
  • James Buck
Dozens of the biggest and fastest-growing tech companies in Vermont will be hiring at the 13th Vermont Tech Jam. This annual free career and tech expo produced by Seven Days is on Thursday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. It’s one of the few times all of these companies come together under one roof to talk with job seekers and students and to discuss the innovative work they do.

It’s also a great opportunity for those looking to get into tech fields to check out their options, and find out about local colleges and training programs.

The 2019 Tech Jam is presented by Vermont Works.

“We are excited to be lead sponsor of Tech Jam for the second year,” said Vermont Works partner Louisa Schibli. “We’re especially looking forward to the ‘7 Wonders’ — showcasing some of our local entrepreneurs and businesses…Vermont Works is committed to making Vermont a community where our young people can stay and thrive, our companies have ample access to top talent, and we have a national platform for our entrepreneurs. Tech Jam is a big part of this mission — it increases opportunities for all Vermonters.”

The schedule includes nine presentations organized along two tracks: one for entrepreneurs, business owners and tech workers; a second for professionals who want to take their careers to the next level.

The 13th Vermont Tech Jam offers:

  • Dozens of exhibitors, including sponsors Dealer.com, Data Innovations, Green Mountain Power, SunCommon, Vermont Information Processing and Norwich University plus companies such as Beta Technologies, Creative Microsystems, Mamava, Reading Plus and GlobalFoundries.
  • 7 Tech Wonders of Vermont: Microchips! Mobile robots! Apps for mamas! Vermont tech companies produce a wide — and amazing — variety of products. Learn about seven of them in this opening session, which features bite-sized presentations by startups and established companies from around the state.
  • High-Speed Networking: Looking to connect with other like-minded individuals in the tech industry? At this session, you’ll sit down for several nano-sized meetings with other professionals. This isn’t a job interview; it’s a chance to discover a potential new career path, make connections, learn about exciting projects and practice your conversation skills before you head out to the expo floor. You never know who you’ll sit next to!
  • Inspiring Internships: Looking for an internship? These temporary positions can enhance your résumé and give you valuable work experience. Most of them come with a paycheck, too! At this session — geared toward potential interns and companies looking to start hiring them — representatives from companies with successful internship programs share their experiences and the career opportunities they offer. And an internship adviser talks about how to get hired.
  • Leveraging Blockchain to Build Startups and Jobs: “Blockchain developer” is the top-trending job in LinkedIn’s recent U.S. Emerging Job Report, with a 3,300 percent growth rate over the past four years. Blockchain, the technology that powers Bitcoin, has proved valuable for many industries and remains one of the most promising solutions in a world looking for more privacy, security and transparency. Blockchain enables peer-to-peer and decentralized transactions, and its uses are still emerging. Speakers in this session will explain how blockchain helps solve specific business problems while offering a career path here in Vermont.
  • Switch It Up: Feeling burned out on your current career? Out of the workforce and trying to get back in? Want to try something new and not sure where to start? Whether you just graduated college or need a boost to get over or around an obstacle at work, this workshop is for you. Hear from a career coach and others who’ve been there about how to zero in on your unique skill set and determine what’s next. You’ll leave this workshop feeling energized and ready to rock.
  • Public Meeting of the AI Task Force: Artificial intelligence and machine learning offer great potential for the future of society. In 2018, the Vermont legislature created a task force to study AI and make recommendations for how the state could grow and/or regulate it. For a year, the task force has been deliberating and talking with Vermonters about their hopes, questions and concerns. At this public meeting, attendees can share their thoughts — and get an update on the group’s progress.
  • Trust.IT: Trust as the Backbone of Business: In this age of data breaches, polarizing views and an ever increasing pace of business, it is more important than ever to build a company on the basis of trust — trusting the team, the tech and the customers. Join Vermont entrepreneurs and moderators Gwen Pokalo and Bonnie Reese from the Center for Women & Enterprise as they discuss building companies with trust as the backbone.
  • Good Citizen Challenge Launch: Seven Days, Kids VT and the Vermont Community Foundation launch the second Good Citizen Challenge. This youth civics project encourages Vermont students to demonstrate their knowledge of Vermont and U.S. history, as well as government, community engagement and news literacy. This year’s Challenge is powered by a new game engine built by Burlington-based GameTheory; jammers will get to take it for a test drive.
  • The Tech Jam Awards: On Friday afternoon, the Vermont Technology Alliance and Seven Days present the three Tech Jam Awards, for Vermont’s tech business of the year, emerging tech business and tech champion.

The 13th Vermont Tech Jam is sponsored by an array of Vermont companies and organizations: Vermont Works, Vermont Information Processing, SunCommon, Data Innovations, Dealer.com, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, Department of Labor, Vermont Tech Council, Norwich University, Collins Aerospace and Green Mountain Power, with additional support from Vermont Business Magazine, Comcast and the Vermont Technology Alliance.

The Vermont Tech Jam was conceived in 2008 by Seven Days, the Vermont Technology Alliance and a coalition of public and private sector partners who sought to increase the visibility of the state’s vibrant, and growing, technology sector. The event is produced by Seven Days, with organizational support from the Vermont Technology Alliance.

For more information, a complete schedule and a list of exhibitors, visit techjamvt.com.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Seven Days Wins Four First-Place Awards in National Media Competition

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 9:21 AM

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Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won four first-place awards at the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference last month in Boulder, Colorado.

The AAN Awards recognize the most artful, compelling and courageous journalism produced each year by the alternative newsmedia. AAN member publications vary in size and circulation, and are based in cities across the U.S. and Canada; the awards contest gives these publications the opportunity to compete against their peers. This year’s competition consisted of 600 entries submitted by 55 publications in the U.S. and Canada; the University of Colorado Boulder’s department of journalism conducted the judging.

Seven Days’ awards included:

  • A first place in the Innovation/Format Buster category for the Give and Take series. Digital editor Andrea Suozzo used public tax filings to create a database of Vermont's nonprofit organizations. From that came five weeks of stories exploring and exposing the state's massive nonprofit economy.
  • A first place in the Specialty Publication category for What’s Good: The Seven Days City guide to Burlington.
  • A first place for former staff writer Alicia Freese in the Long-Form News Story category for “Sheriffs, Inc.” Freese explored how Vermont’s sheriffs use side contracts with government entities, malls and even construction companies to bolster their budgets — and their own personal salaries.
Seven Days also received a third-place honor in the Multimedia category for “Photographer Matthew Thorsen Gets the Last Word,” a Stuck in Vermont episode created by Eva Sollberger. Molly Walsh received an honorable mention in the Beat Reporting category for her higher education coverage. Former food writer Hannah Palmer Egan also received an honorable mention in the Food Writing category. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Seven Days Publishers Honored with Economic Development Award

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2019 at 10:32 AM

Left to right: Don Eggert, Pamela Polston, Paula Routly, Cathy Resmer and Colby Roberts
  • Left to right: Don Eggert, Pamela Polston, Paula Routly, Cathy Resmer and Colby Roberts
Seven Days has won dozens of awards for its journalism — including the coveted, best-of “general excellence” honor from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. But on June 19, 2019, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation celebrated the free, independent newsweekly for a different reason: its business leadership. GBIC gave the C. Harry Behney award, its most prestigious honor, to Seven Days’ five owner-publishers: Paula Routly, Pamela Polston, Cathy Resmer, Colby Roberts and Don Eggert.

Given each year since 1995 in honor of past GBIC president C. Harry Behney, the recognition singles out Vermont leaders “for their significant contributions to advancing the economic wellbeing of the people of our community and promoting a climate that enhances the economic vitality of the state of Vermont." Seven Days is the first media company to receive the award; past honorees have included governors, senators and philanthropists.

In his remarks, GBIC president Frank Cioffi recognized the five Seven Days publishers “for their vision and commitment in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship through the creation and ongoing promotion of the Vermont Tech Jam.” Since 2008, the career fair and expo has showcased the state’s tech companies to attract professionals and college students who might otherwise look for tech jobs outside the state; this year's event takes place Thursday, October 17, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.
Cioffi also praised Seven Days for “thoughtful and inspiring leadership in shining light on the opiate epidemic facing our region and state” — a reference to the paper’s yearlong “Hooked” series reporting on Vermont’s opioid crisis. Calling it a “catalyst to help Vermonters come together as a community to find meaningful ways to address the challenges of addiction,” Cioffi credited the paper with “forging positive social and economic change for Vermonters.”

Accepting the award during GBIC’s annual meeting at Echo, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on the Burlington Waterfront, publisher and co-editor Paula Routly said to the audience: “A lot of communities have lost their local newspapers. It’s hard to imagine the impact until it’s too late. The best papers provide a kind of gathering place. A common culture. They’re the glue that brings and holds us together. This honor feels like a rare acknowledgment of that.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Vermont Restaurant Week Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Record Gift to Vermont Foodbank

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 3:42 PM

Left to right: Corey Grenier (Seven Days), Mae Quilty (City Market), John Sayles (Vermont Foodbank), Kylie Perry (Vermont Federal Credit Union)
  • Left to right: Corey Grenier (Seven Days), Mae Quilty (City Market), John Sayles (Vermont Foodbank), Kylie Perry (Vermont Federal Credit Union)
When Seven Days launched Vermont Restaurant Week 10 years ago, the goal was to celebrate Vermont’s vibrant food scene, drive traffic to local businesses and help our neighbors in need. At least one measure of the event’s success set a record this year: a $25,344.03 donation to the Vermont Foodbank. Over the past decade, Restaurant Week has generated a total of $147,395.36 for the Vermont nonprofit. Vermont Federal Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of Restaurant Week.

“We are so grateful to Seven Days and Vermont Federal Credit Union for organizing this event, to all of the restaurants who participated, and to all of the individuals who dined during the 10th annual Vermont Restaurant Week,” said John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank. “The Vermont Foodbank believes everyone in Vermont plays a role in solving hunger, and this generous gift is an example of how our friends, neighbors and businesses come together to ensure that everyone in Vermont has access to healthy food every day.”
“It's a tremendous feeling knowing that, as the presenting sponsor of Vermont Restaurant Week, we have been a part of growing an event that builds financially strong communities, promotes Vermont’s thriving food industry, and has also provided nearly $150,000 to the Vermont Foodbank over the past 10 years,” said Jean Giard, president and CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union.

Many sources contributed to the total donation. Proceeds from the Sweet Start Smackdown, a dessert competition featuring local pastry chefs, benefitted the foodbank. Donations also came from a panel discussion at ArtsRiot; from Pints & Poses, a yoga class for digestion at Burlington Beer Company’s Taproom; from the Sensory Social, a cider and cheese pairing at CO Cellars; Culinary Trivia Night at Nectar’s; event raffles; and a portion of sponsorship dollars.
City Market/Onion River Co-op, one of the festival’s sponsors, gave the Vermont Foodbank 40 percent of its two stores’ Rally for Change donations during the month of April. The program encourages customers to round up their total at the register and donate the difference.

Finally, restaurants were encouraged to donate $1 to the foodbank from every meal sold during Restaurant Week. Embracing that initiative were 3 Squares Café, August First Bakery & Café, the Bearded Frog, the Bench, Bistro de Margot, Bleu Northeast Seafood, Bluebird Barbecue, Burlington Beer Company, Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant at Stoweflake, Cork Wine Bar & Market, the Daily Planet, ¡Duino! (Duende), East West Café, Fire & Ice Restaurant, Hazel, J. Morgan's Steakhouse, Junction at the Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa, Juniper, Kismet, Michael's on the Hill, Misery Loves Co., Ruben James, the Scale, Three Brothers Pizza & Grill, Three Penny Taproom, Tres Amigos, Vermont Pub & Brewery and the Windjammer Restaurant.

More than 100 restaurants across the state participated in Vermont Restaurant Week this year. Each location offered special, prix-fixe meals during the event, which ran from April 26 to May 5.

In addition to Vermont Federal Credit Union and City Market, this year’s sponsors were Vermont Creamery, Burlington Beer Company, WhistlePig Whiskey, Shacksbury Cider and the Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa, with media support from WCAX, WNCS the Point, Front Porch Forum and the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

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