As we get excited for the ski season, we’re talking to Violet, one of our newest employees for this #saturdaystaffspotlight. It’s a relatively unknown fact that Violet takes the prize for biggest adrenaline junky around the Center (I’d like to see how many of you would race a tractor at over 70mph), but more on that shortly. Violet is another of our native Vermonters, growing up in Cabot on a dairy and maple sugaring farm. Her dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years so her family spent lots of time working on some of their tractors to… spruce them up a bit. Violet eventually became a pro at “taking a few parts out here, putting a few parts back in there, changing the pulley size a bit” and before you know it, you’ve got a death grip on the steering wheel as “your front wheel is going into a death wobble at 70mph.” Again, adrenaline junky. They raced tractors and competed in tractor pulls all over the north east but it’s been a while since she did that so she’s jonesing to get another hit of adrenaline soon. Because of all her work on their tractors, Violet’s always had a soft spot for mechanical work so she spent five years assembling our beloved Ergometers in Morrisville. After those five years though, she needed a bit of a change of work scenery, so she headed on over to Revision Military in Newport for a couple years where she assembled military helmets. She’ll quickly geek out about how cool the process was - fun fact: the helmets are now made substantially out of walnut shells. Most of the kevlar they used for production was imported so when they had to switch to domestic suppliers, there wasn’t enough kevlar supply. They experimented with crushed walnut shells in resin and turns out it was just as strong as the kevlar. So now they’re a composite of kevlar, walnut shells, and resin. After a couple years the commute was killing her so she decided to take another change of work scenery and joined us at the Center working in housekeeping. She was surprised coming here with how quickly everyone welcomed her into the family - which isn’t really a surprise considering how outgoing and friendly she is to everyone here. Thanks for joining the team, Violet!
Craftsbury Running is on the road! Our Northeast tour is off to a rocking start, with our first stop in one of the world’s greatest running hubs - Boston! From early morning “coffee-runs” to evening 5ks-2-pizza, Boston knows how to get runners out and celebrating the sport. Thanks to Melrose Running Club, Mystic Runners, Longfellows Run Club, and Happy Soles for sharing your running families. The running community is vast, yet never fails to make you feel right at home and welcome wherever you go. Next stop, New England High School XC Championships and then on to NYC! #craftsburyrunning #roadtrip #runningcommunity