A pre-dawn hay run to Canada

The workday isn’t over yet for Richard Labrecque, pictured here in front of his loaded truck, which he parked in the Barton Motors parking lot.  After six hours of driving and one hour of loading, he spent the rest of the day working in his sugarbush.

The workday isn’t over yet for Richard Labrecque, pictured here in front of his loaded truck, which he parked in the Barton Motors parking lot. After six hours of driving and one hour of loading, he spent the rest of the day working in his sugarbush.

copyright the Chronicle November 4, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The sun was nowhere near rising when this reporter met Richard Labrecque of Barton at the Circle K in Barton to go on a hay run to Canada in his Western Star truck and trailer.

“You all set?” he said as he leaned against a friend’s car, sipping his coffee. “Let’s go.”

Mr. Labrecque sells the hay he buys in Canada to farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

“It’s good money if you know your French,” he said about the business.

Mr. Labrecque grew up speaking French with his family, and going on 200 hay runs to Canada per year helps him keep it up.

As he drove his big truck onto Interstate 91, headed north, he switched on… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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The cover photo for On Northern Waters is of Lana Hill and David Birdsall on the Winisk River in Ontario in 1985.  David Brown took most of the photos in the book, but a few were taken of him by his companions.

The cover photo for On Northern Waters is of Lana Hill and David Birdsall on the Winisk River in Ontario in 1985. David Brown took most of the photos in the book, but a few were taken of him by his companions.

copyright the Chronicle June 11, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

For those who love the wilderness, northern Quebec and Labrador are close enough to be enticing. On Northern Waters, by Dave Brown of Craftsbury, will take you there vicariously if the complications of backwoods canoe travel seem daunting. Watch out — it might spark the desire to experience these far northern places into an overwhelming craving. Mr. Brown hopes so.

The large format (11 by 13 inches) hardcover book is a collection of photos of 40 years of such trips, with an essay for each chapter. Mr. Brown created the book himself in the same way he creates wooden bowls, his home, and his furniture. He figured out how it was done, and then he did it, with quality as a goal instead of quantity. Continue reading

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