Blog :: 07-2007

Need Studio Space or Are You a Hobbyist?

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This is an opportunity for the artist, contractor, woodworker, boat builder or car enthusiast to have 3,000 sq. ft of work space with a 5 bedroom home attached. Added bonus is a studio apartment for rental income. Currently used as a sculpture studio, the possibilities are endless. The home features wide pine floors, several decks, and gallery space. No need to go outside into the cold to your studio, there is inside access. Lovely views of mountains and 5 miles from Stowe, Vt. Located in an area that has an active art community with excellent schools. Here is an opportunity to live and work in a country atmosphere, yet be close to the airport for easy access. All this for $680,000. You can't beat a set up like this if you want space to work and live at home.

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How to Sell Your House (in a crappy market)!

If you are interested in learning some of helpful points to your sell your house, I recommend you watch this video:"How to Sell Your House (in a crappy market)!".

Sometimes it is better to listen to what experts outside of Vermont have to say. It is a quick and easy video to watch, just four minutes long. It offers good advise on selling your home in the current market. Go to How to Sell Your House and see what the experts have to say.

Also I am offering a FREE book on "Who's the Best Person to Sell My House?". Just make a comment on my blog and I will be happy to send you a copy

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Moose Sighting !

I was coming back from Elmore into Stowe on the Elmore Mt. Road in the middle of a pounding rain storm with my windshield wipers on high when from out of the woods ,on the left hand side of the car, ran a moose! I missed hitting him by about a foot.

It has been many years since I have had a moose sighting. The other times I was walking in the woods. This is a bit scary because you don't know if they might have a calf with them, they are sick, or aggressive. The size of a moose is very impressive. This moose being so close to my car, gave me a first hand comparison. The moose which was a young male was almost taller than my BMW station wagon.

After he ran in front of my car, he stopped and tried to decide which way to turn. I kept hoping that it would not be in my direction. After looking like he would go back where he came from he moved to the side of the road and looked at me for a few minutes as if to say,"You can pass now," and then he moved on into the woods.

I was a bit pissed that I was out on a property with a client getting soaked, and I was driving along anxious to get out of my wet clothes when the moose showed up. After sitting there watching him I drove away still wet but happy. It was a warm summer afternoon and I thought if I were a child being in those woods in the pouring rain would bring laughter to me; so I found that child and enjoyed the pleasure of what had transpired this afternoon.

P.S. Another friend just told me she saw a huge snapping turtle crossing the road yesterday. With all this rain the forest and wetland creatures must be on the move to dryer areas.

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Business Opportunity: The Miller's Thumb

This is a perfect seasonal business for someone who wants to work but doesn't want to be tied down. In the village of Greensboro, Vermont just a block from the idyllic Caspian Lake sits the Miller's Thumb, currently a retail store of worldly goods and Vermont products. The building is a 1700's gristmill with all of the charm of hand-hewn beams, soft patina pine floors, and a peek hole to the river that literally runs below the building. There are many opportunities for this building besides the existing business. It would be perfect for an artist studio, museum, and/or gallery. Since the septic is limited it would not be suitable for a restaurant or residence. Greensboro, Vermont home to Caspian Lake is a thriving summer community of beautiful homes surrounding the lake and hillsides. Generation after generation has come to this area, with the summer homes being passed down through the families. Very few of the cottages on the lake come available for sale. Families begin to arrive around Memorial Day and return home after fall foliage. The Miller's Thumb has become a destination store for Vermonters as far away as Burlington, Vermont. And for those people driving through or living in the area it is a pleasant store to browse and bring visiting guests. Not to mention that it is the only store in the area besides the famed "Willy's" country store. Currently the gristmill building is for sale at $339,000. A price for the retail business is available upon request. Call me (Peggy) and get a private tour; we will drive through beautiful open farm land, preview the Miller's Thumb, and then have take out sandwiches from Willie's store and a picnic on the town beach. On the way home we can stop at the local farm stand for organic vegetables, and at "Connie's Kitchen" for homemade pies and cookies. Rumor is that she has the best coconut cream pie in the county. So make a day of it and see what the pleasures of the Northeast Kingdom bring and what fun it would be to own the Miller's Thumb.

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Thoughts after the Fourth of July

Two days ago for the 33rd year I witnessed the Moscow Parade. I watched as the Women's Lawn Chair Brigade clapped their lawn chairs together with precision, while thinking of my three friends that lost their battle to cancer. They participated until they could march no longer. Next came the Men's Marching Band and what a joy to see the grandson of another friend on his shoulders. Other evidence of the next generation came marching by and I thought how wonderful to see the generations participate.

For those of you that do not know anything about this parade there are certain rules. The floats are not allowed to be put together until the morning of the parade. Most times there are political statements to be made, such as global warming. This year, Al and Tipper Gore (not the real ones) were riding behind a group of teenagers bearing signs of what Stowe would be like in 2020.There would be tennis in December, scuba diving in November, soccer in January and other summer events would take during our normal snowy months. Of course, it would not be a parade without Paris Hilton in attendance. Some Stowe politics involved our beloved Bob Barnes dressed up as a bride unable to hold her wedding at his Peterson Brook Farm. He was denied an events permit due to noise pollution. And every parade needs fire trucks. Stowe Volunteer Fire Department shined up their trucks and tankers and brought every piece of equipment they own out to show off to us. What a spectacular array.

So ends another year celebrating our freedom. But I wonder just exactly how much freedom we have left. Are we losing our right to chose, are we mixing church and state where specifically in our constitution it forbids this? Have we lost our voice by giving the President more power than he has the capacity to handle? Do we have a right to impose our values on those that are raised with other values? What has given us the right to allow prisoners to languish in prisons without a right to a fair trial? Is this the country of the free and the brave? I think we are a country of cowards and complacency not to stand up for our beliefs, to insist that our government represent the people.

I spent my youth in Gettysburg, PA. and I would like to include that famous speech given during the Independence Day celebration on the site of the cemetery dedicated to the unknown soldiers. As a child on Memorial Day I walked with all my classmates over these graves strewing flowers in silence. It was a very poignant moment, even as a child I understood that these men fought for our independence. In conclusion I ask you all to read this Gettysburg Address and ponder how far away from this we have come.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

We should remember that the government is "of the people, by the people, for the people." It is time to take a stance for what we believe in and take back our government.

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