“I Like Running Machines”: A Profile of Barry Tolman

By |2022-08-02T15:38:06-04:00February 27, 2022|Nelson in Common, Profiles|

Can I make this work better? Barry Tolman has asked that question about WWII bombers, the ski hill rope tow, his sawmill, and cross-town sharing of equipment. It has been the persistent question of his long life.

Mike Blaudschun ~ Big Brown Dog Woodworks

By |2021-11-02T19:31:37-04:00October 17, 2021|Nelson in Common, Profiles|

Mike has been connected to Nelson ever since he went on a blind date with Kathy French, in 1971. It didn’t take him long to get drafted into the Nelson workforce. Mike never forgot the pleasure of making things, which he had learned in high school woodshop starting at age 15.

Nelson’s Highway Department

By |2021-10-10T12:37:21-04:00June 10, 2021|Articles, Nelson in Common, Profiles|

The Nelson Highway Department has, between them, been on the road for 53 years. The similarities of these two men go beyond keeping our roads navigable. They each run haying and maple sugar operations. This requires not just having no aversion to work, but a passion for the mechanics and logistics that make it all possible.


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