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Craftsbury Outdoor Center Sold 

Published December 2, 2008 at 2:10 p.m.

I interviewed a Christmas tree farmer in Craftsbury for this week's paper, but it's a destination I more often associate with cross-country skiing over frozen, Zhivagoesque lakes. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center — nordic paradise in winter, sculling sanctuary in summer — has been a model of land stewardship and outdoor education under the Spring family, which has owned the property for 32 years.

And it's likely to stay that way because 82-year-old Russell Spring recently sold the center and the 130 acres around it to a nonprofit organization that is committed to its continuation. The org's head is Dick Dreissigacker, one of the founders of Concept2, the company that makes rowing machines and sculling equipment in Morrisville.

Andrew Nemethy wrote about the details of the deal in a November 23 story in Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. Looks like the only changes planned so far are good ones. "Dreissigacker plans to substantially cut ski-touring fees and promote more of a membership model," Nemethy wrote. He's also added an additional 100 acres to the center's tracts. "Schuss" fund? 

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Paula Routly

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Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies on building the news side of the operation, for which she is a regular weekly editor. She conceptualized and managed the “Give and Take” special report on Vermont’s nonprofit sector, the “Our Towns” special issue and the yearlong “Hooked” series exploring Vermont’s opioid crisis. When she’s not editing stories, Routly runs the business side of Seven Days — overseeing finances, management and product development. She spearheaded the creation of the newspaper’s numerous ancillary publications and events such as Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


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