by Paul Bousquet
Special to the Standard
If you haven’t yet met the two new café owners, Laura Miller and Cameron Reed, you should do yourself the favor. This charming young couple opened Mon Vert Café at 67 Central Street in Woodstock less than a month ago. Already it is drawing villagers and visitors to its attractive setting. Its simple menu of breakfast items, organic salads and sandwiches, complemented with a variety of beverages including coffees, espressos, teas, organic milk, beer and wine have broad appeal. Diners can choose to sit comfortably inside or outside under an umbrella table surrounded by a beautiful flower bordered patio in a style reminiscent of a European café.
“We make every effort to purchase the freshest of locally grown organic products,” said Miller. Cloudland Farm, Misty Knoll Farms, Thymeless Herbs, the Strafford Organic Creamery, Red Hen Bakery, and Vermont Coffee are among the distinctive Vermont suppliers to the café.
While Cameron has California roots, he spent many of his early years in Paris. In the mid-2000s, Cameron owned the chic Una Wine Bar & Lounge in Portland, Maine before moving to New York City. There, Cameron met Laura where they teamed as bartenders at the posh Mark Hotel.
A wedding anniversary brought the family to Woodstock. They were captivated by the surroundings to the extent that the Reed family purchased the property at 67 Central Street known to many as the Pumpkin House. With the help of all-around carpenter, handy-man Ken Paquette who has maintained the building for years, Cameron and Laura went about creating their vision of a café. It took two months of solid effort to transform the space into attractive and comfortable surroundings.
The café is open every day except Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. It is open until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. On Thursdays through Saturdays the café is open until 6:30 p.m. Hours are expected to change during the busy summer months. For further information, call 802-457-7143.
Killington Founder Named to 2011 VT Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
In an announcement by the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum, Preston Leete Smith, founder of the Killington Resort, is to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. The ceremony is to take place Sunday, October 23 at the Killington Grand Resort. Others being so honored include Freestyle Hall of Famer and five time World Women’s Mogul Champion Karen Huntoon Miller from Rutland, acclaimed Rutland High School ski coach, Greg McLallen, and Greg Morton, champion four event skier at Middlebury, Dartmouth Ski Team coach, and cross country trail designer for World Biathlon Cups.
Among the early goals set for himself in the late 50s, Smith wanted Killington to become the largest ski area in eastern North America, and he wanted it listed on the New York Stock exchange. He attained both. With a 2,300 acre lease granted by the State of Vermont and having raised just $50,000 in the sale of stock, Pres purchased 4 surface lifts, cut a handful of trails, and boldly launched the Killington Basin ski area in 1958. With Smith’s vision and drive, it was not long before Killington gained a national reputation for its vast trail, lift, and snowmaking infrastructure. Together with learn-to-ski, management and marketing innovations, Killington became not only an industry leader but the most popular ski resort in eastern North America rivaling the largest ski resorts in the west in terms of skier days.
Smith served with distinction on the boards of the National Ski Areas Association, the United States Ski Education Foundation, and the Vermont Ski Areas Association. Smith was inducted into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2000. Smith is the father of Scott Smith of Woodstock.
Kazal Named To VT’s Green Mountain Care Nominating Committee
Louis A. Kazal Jr. MD, a practicing family physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and president of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians, was appointed by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin as one of three nominating committee members recommended to Shumlin by Vermont Senate President pro-tem John Campbell. He is among nine appointees to the nominating committee for Vermont’s new Green Mountain Care Board.
“With the passage of its Green Mountain Care legislation, Vermont is the first state in the nation to take such a bold step to insure all its citizens have access to affordable health care,” said Kazal. “I’m honored to be a part of the nominating committee and look forward to providing Governor Shumlin with a group of nominees who will work to attain the goal of high-quality care for all Vermonters.” In addition to his clinical practice, Kazal is also an Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He has 24 years of primary care experience in a variety of settings, including rural and urban; private practice, group practice, and academic practice; and medically underserved populations. Kazal is also recognized as one of the early pioneers of the medical home model and brought national recognition to the Community Health Center through the TransforMed Project (a nationwide demonstration project of initial medical home practices).
“Dr. Kazal’s impressive background and current medical practice make him particularly well-suited to help Vermont choose those individuals who will sit on Green Mountain Care’s governance board,” said Senate President Campbell.
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. You may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-299-
This article first appeared in the June 16th print edition of the Vermont Standard.