In the Old West, barkers roamed the country, selling their goods and wares from a wagon.

Erik Thibault is akin to these pitchmen of the past. The new manager at Freedom Valu Center in Ellsworth not only knows retailing, but is highly interested in communication as a radio assistant and music fan.

"Sales have increased, especially in our dairy gallons," Thibault said Tuesday about business since he arrived at the local convenience store on Oct. 11.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 28.