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Upper Valley Food Co-op presents

Reflections

A showcase of expression that reveals our personal ponderings.

 

The Upper Valley Food Co-op is taking submissions for our latest showcase: Reflections. Upper Valley area artists are invited to submit a piece or collection of pieces that fit within this show’s theme of reflection and hibernation.

When we go inside the cave to consider ourselves, what truth do we bring back into the light?

The showcase will run from December 19th through January 2nd. The deadline for submissions is noon, December 6th. This show will be for viewing only. There will be no submission fee and the artwork will not be for sale, although pieces may be sold privately after the show.

For more information and a spec sheet, contact Chris Jacobson at 802.295.5804 or email chris@uppervalleyfood.coop.

Annual Sew-op Sale: Friday, November 21st!

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Do your shopping at the Co-op this Friday and stop by the Sew-op table!

From NOON to 6pm you can talk to our instructors about upcoming classes… and classes you WISH we offered. Stock up on handmade gift items from the Sew-op staff.

There will be sewing kits, fleece socks, Tea towels, potholders and more!

Enter to win a door prize drawn every half hour. Also get a chance to win a gift certificate good for one FREE Sew-op class!

 All proceeds benefit the Sew-op facility upstairs!

Vermont Farm to Plate Conference!

Upper Valley Food Co-op represented at last week’s Farm to Plate Network Annual Gathering. We were able to continue to build bridges between folks in the food production and supply roles across the state. It is always amazing to have so many diverse players in the room. Farmers, Distributors, Community Garden Facilitators, Small Businesses, Institutions, Educators, Value Added Producers and Retailers, to name a few, came together to hear about what others are doing in Vermont, to share their successes and challenges and to ask tough questions about the future of Vermont’s Food Web.

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Are you involved with food? Will you be at the next meeting in October 2015? Why not?

Did you miss the Annual Meeting this month?

Here are some great pics from the Annual Meeting. Our panelists were phenomenal. Get your copy of the Annual Report in store or online

Annual Meeting Panelists

L to R: Cat Buxton, Education Coordinator of Cedar Circle Farm; Sylvia Davatz, Upper Valley Seed Saver and Creator of Solstice Seeds; and Bonnie Hudspeth, Membership Coordinator at Neighboring Food Co-ops Association

 

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Sundays Will Never Be the Same

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Vince Kelly in December 2013

Sundays will never be the same. At least here at the Upper Valley Food Coop. For the last four years I have been the Manager on Duty (MOD) that day and Vince Kelly manned the Lane 1 register; up until he became bed ridden with a painful back injury a few short months ago.

As you know by now, Vince succumbed to an unrelated malady while on leave from the store, never to return to a job and co-workers and customers he truly embraced as his surrogate family. Since his untimely passing I have witnessed an outpouring of love, genuine sentiment and a great sense of loss over who was essentially an iconic figure within the footprint of our big red building on North Main in White River Junction.

I’ve listened as many of the staff at the UVFC have talked about still expecting to see Vince walking in the back door ready to begin his shift or coming around the corner commenting on the latest sporting event he had watched the night before. Vince had a loveable, if not gruff exterior, but as we now are finding out, the curmudgeon in him may have been physical pain, subliminally working its evil on a guy who always would be ready to engage anyone in thoughtful and knowledgeable conversation-especially those that involved music and sports. He was quick as a hiccup when it came to pulling coupons from the flyer to help any customer with defraying their bill.

I am not speaking for the rest of the staff or management when I say, I think Vince is still hanging out with us. Let me explain.

Since I have been the Sunday MOD I keep a close watch on the total sales for that day. Sunday, we have abbreviated hours and traditionally it’s a day most folks spend with their families and leave shopping for the other six days. In other words, it slow goings for the most part.

No need to give actual numbers, so suffice it to say, the two top sales days we have had the last four years (and I have to add here those two days were significantly higher than the norm) were while Vince was manning his register.

The last year Vince worked those Sundays I would always ask him before we opened the door if he thought we would come close to a new record and get up into a Sunday stratosphere for sales if you will. He would shrug his shoulders, mumble a “we’ll see,” a “never know,” or maybe something to the effect of “probably not, it’s too nice out.”

Last month, on Sunday, August 31st, Vince’s first Sunday away, having passed earlier the past week, the store came within a few hundred dollars of breaking my own four year record. For sure a solid third place ranking.

As a footnote, I want to mention and of no less importance, my two cashiers that day worked straight out, gave excellent customer service and effortlessly handled the busy stretches. Funny thing, one of the cashiers prefer to use Lane 3 as it is her favorite. I saw no problem with that and since we only use two of the three cash drawers on Sunday that left Vince’s old #1 open. A customer placed a vase of flowers and taped a placard remembering Vince on his register.

Many folks will have Vince stories and that is a tribute to him. This was mine.

by Robert Lucas

 

Read this article about Vince in the Valley News.

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