Doug Hartwell has always been a tinkerer. When he was a kid, he sewed his own backpacks for hiking. Now that he has a kid — 5-year-old daughter Bella — he's gone into the child-carrier business. In April, the Vergennes resident quit his 15-year career in the defense industry to launch Bitybean, a sleek fabric carrier that rolls up small enough to fit in your pocket. Created with the help of Huntington resident and technical soft-goods design expert Jim Sadler, the highly portable carrier is built for infants and children weighing 8 to 40 pounds, which corresponds to ages 6 months to 3 years old. At half the size of its closest competitor, Bitybean is handy in airports, farmers markets and in-a-pinch, on-the-go situations in which lugging around a hefty stroller isn't a practical option, says Hartwell. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association agrees: In October, the internationally recognized organization honored Bitybean with a 2012 Innovation Award. Look for the carriers in stores in late January or early February.
Essex Junction, VT
For over 98 years YWCA Camp Hochelaga offers traditional camp programs in arts, sports, swimming, boating, nature activities, and longstanding camp traditions. Girls ages 6-17 are encouraged to have fun, express themselves, and create friendships that will last a lifetime. One-week, multi-week, and 4 day “Mini-Camp” sessions, in residential camp…(more)