Luke Stafford

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Luke Q. Stafford is a writer living in Williamsville, Vermont. He owns Mondo Mediaworks, a video production company based in Brattleboro.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

Dominating the Vermont headlines recently has been our state’s workforce shortage. For the economy to thrive, we need more people, plain and simple. One solution crosses the border into our state 13,000,000 times per year: tourists. If we could convert just one-tenth of one percent of those visitors into residents, we’d have an adequate pool of workers to support healthy, growing businesses.

Stafford: Time To Tap

Feb 11, 2019
Luke Q. Stafford

Supporting your local economy; it’s a virtue many Vermonters seem to hold dear. So here’s a seasonally-appropriate tip for improving an economy so local, it’s literally in many backyards. 

It wasn't the Nintendo video game console my brother and I received in 1988. It wasn't the sweet Starter jacket in 1991. It wasn't even the shiny BMX bike sitting in the driveway, red bow on the handlebars, on Christmas Day 1992. No, the best Christmas gift I ever received was perched under the tree when I was 14 years old in 1995: a black and white electric guitar.

Luke Stafford

I eased off the throttle of my 1971 Triumph Bonneville and turned into the parking lot of the Bellows Falls train station. This was no ordinary workday. I found myself cruising through a gauntlet of Ducatis, Harley-Davidsons and BMWs.

Men and women of all ages were easing out of their helmets and peeling off leather jackets. 10 minutes later, I was listening to a business pitch from an artist who needed investment money - to offset the expense of a huge woodworking router, so he could carve bear-shaped sculptures at a rapid clip and sell them quickly.

Luke Stafford

This spring will mark my first-ever attempt at making maple syrup – and I have no idea what I’m doing. Luckily I have two resources on my side: the Internet and Fred. The Internet is that place with Facebook and the cat videos, and Fred is my next door neighbor. The Internet is helpful because there’s no shortage of tips and tricks for hobby sugarers. And Fred is helpful because, for the last quarter century, he’s been making maple syrup in the sugarbush that straddles both our properties.
 

In Snowboard Slopestyle, snowboarders hit a series of jumps and manmade features. Time and speed are not factors in medaling; riders are judged on the difficulty of their tricks and how smoothly they execute them. In general, new tricks score well. And this year, the new trick is the triple cork.

In a triple cork, riders hit a jump and flip three times vertically while simultaneously spinning horizontally. Unless weather conditions are horrendous, you’ll be sure to see this jaw-dropping feat of human athleticism unleashed during the finals.

Raise a pint glass. Homebrewing is now legal in all 50 states. Mississippi was the last hold out, clinging to its Prohibition-era law until it was finally nixed this summer. Of course, brewing beer in small batches on one’s own property has been going on for millennia. But now, no one 21 or older in America need fear the law for combining water, malt, hops and yeast in the basement.

Stafford: Baby Boom

Mar 25, 2013

You've probably heard by now that Vermont is old. 2010 census data reveal that the Green Mountain State's population is the second oldest in the country. We're even older than Florida, where, as we speak, my retired father is teeing up on a Fort Meyers golf course. And I happen to live in Windham County, the oldest county in Vermont.