Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:43:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 GOT ICE DAMS? http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/got-ice-dams/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/got-ice-dams/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:55:06 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23047 Got ice dams? We’ve got dynamite. Not comfortable with explosives?  There are alternatives. In all seriousness, this winter has left us all worried about frozen pipes, ice dams and water and ice damage. Ice dams have more than one cause, but heat loss through your roof is almost always a contributing factor, often a major […]

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Got ice dams? We’ve got dynamite.

Not comfortable with explosives?  There are alternatives.

In all seriousness, this winter has left us all worried about frozen pipes, ice dams and water and ice damage.

Ice dams have more than one cause, but heat loss through your roof is almost always a contributing factor, often a major contributing factor.  Proper insulation and air sealing of attics and knee wall areas can radically change the roof dynamics that cause ice dams, as well as making your frozen pipes, drafty and cold rooms and high heating costs merely a memory.

“But the expense…..”  How often has each of us said that, or thought it.  It’s true, there is an expense attached to energy improvements.  The good news, is that there is help out there.

Through Efficiency Vermont, we as homeowners have access to a number of benefits:

  •             Incentives…that is a check mailed directly to you of up to $2000.00… from Efficiency Vermont, for properly completed weatherization work.
  •             Heat Saver Loan…..  a new Efficiency Vermont low interest loan product specifically for weatherization improvements.  Interest rates vary from 4.99% to 0%, and many of us can qualify for that zero percent rate.
  •             P.A.C.E   If you live in a town that has approved Property Assessed Clean Energy, you have access to this low interest loan product which can be transferred to the next owner.  This product is unique in that is spreads the costs and benefits of weatherization over current and subsequent property owners.

As winter weary as we all are, this is a good time to consider our homes overall health, before ice dams and frozen pipes fade to a distant memory with the coming of spring.

You’ve already entrusted your property maintenance needs to AMF.  In our effort to serve you better, we continue to educate ourselves on the latest best building practices, and we are hoping you will extend your trust in us to help improve the energy efficiency of your home.  We have the information and know-how at our fingertips, please contact us so we can professionally assess your home and take some of the worry out of winter.

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April Chamber Corner http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/april-chamber-corner/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/april-chamber-corner/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:51:16 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22961 April Chamber Corner Marji Graf, CEO We’ve been busy and in the News – FREE press in the following: Boston Herald 12/25/14 (this article was valued at $36,000)! Rutland Herald 3/2/15 Rutland Herald 3/16/15 North America Group Tours, Summer 2015 Our new members have been recognized in the Message for the Week, the Vermont Journal […]

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April Chamber Corner

Marji Graf, CEO

We’ve been busy and in the News – FREE press in the following:

  • Boston Herald 12/25/14 (this article was valued at $36,000)!
  • Rutland Herald 3/2/15
  • Rutland Herald 3/16/15
  • North America Group Tours, Summer 2015
  • Our new members have been recognized in the Message for the Week, the Vermont Journal and the Rutland Business Journals.
  • March 3 we held our education series that was about Employee Engagement, The Key to Business Success by Ross Gibson of The Richard Group.
  • Our March 11 mixer at the Golden Stage Inn was great.  Mark from Killarney served food, Mark from Mr. Darcy’s served drinks and guests took turns telling stories relating to their experiences in Vermont.
  • March 18 was our free educational program about Protecting Your Financial Identity by Carrie Allen of Heritage Family Credit Union.
  • March 24 Cape Air and The Hangar Cafe hosted an open house at the Rutland Airport.
  • Our guest this month on lpctv is Don Bolognese, the new owner of the Village Green Gallery in Weston.
  • Our travel with the Chamber program is offering 2 trips: One to Tuscany on October 14, 2015 and a 10-day trip to Ireland.  Please call for dates.

We Welcomed 11 new members into the Chamber in March:

  • The Village of Cedar Hill, Windsor
  • Village Green Gallery, Weston
  • The New American Grill, Londonderry
  • Kimberley Ray, Custom Fine Art, Murals trompe L’oeil, Londonderry
  • The Cookster, Ludlow
  • Clarks Quality Foods, Londonderry
  • Woodbury Florist & Landscaping, Springfield
  • Jake’s Restaurant & Tavern – Londonderry
  • Taylor Farm Inc. – Londonderry
  • Green Mountain Awning – Rutland
  • My Fitness Recovery - Ludlow

Marji Graf presents the March Member of the Month honor to Michael and Julie-Lynn Wood from the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville.

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“I am repeatedly impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the members of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and grateful to be a part of such a motivated group of professionals. Thanks for the “Member of the Month” honor.  What a treat to receive the award at our own mixer at Golden Stage Inn!”

Upcoming programs:

 

 Information Regarding Vermont Welcome Centers:

The Vermont Welcome and Information Centers are gearing up right now to arrange for brochure placement and static marketing display panels in all of our centers for the new spring season, and we want to make sure our members are aware of the opportunities they can offer you to enhance your business revenues.
Brochure placement is easy, flexible and extremely affordable. Their centers statewide reach out to over 3,000,000 travelers annually. So just contact Cindy if you need the registration form, or simply want to chat about the logistics and “what if’s” about placing your print material with them.   Currently, about 600  Vermont businesses and agencies have placed their print material with them, and they distribute over 3,000,000 pieces of material each year.  The Chamber has two large display cases each year that members can put their information and products into.  We also distribute our Annual Guidebooks to 5 Welcome Centers.

The static marketing display panels are incredibly popular. The Manager of this program is Lisa Sanchez, lisa.sanchez@state.vt.us.
They have display cases in almost all of their centers. You can arrange to display your business for 30 days at no charge! Each center handles their own scheduling, so if you are interested in more information, just let Cindy know.

Cindy Roberts
Brochure Program Manager
Vermont Welcome Centers
802-265-2210
cindy.roberts@state.vt.us

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May 13                        OVRCC Annual luncheon Meeting at Fullerton Inn

May 23                        Home, Garden & Recreation Show at Ludlow Community Center

August 29 & 30         Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts grounds

September 24            OVRCC Golf Tournament

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March’s Member or the Month goes to. . . Golden Stage Inn http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/marchs-member-or-the-month-goes-to-golden-stage-inn/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/marchs-member-or-the-month-goes-to-golden-stage-inn/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:52:15 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22918 Marji Graf, CEO of the OVRCC Chamber was proud to present the March Member of the Month to Michael and Julie-Lynn Wood of the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville at their chamber mixer.  Mark from the Killarney cooked the food, Mark from Mr. Darcy’s served drinks and various members each took turns sharing about their […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the OVRCC Chamber was proud to present the March Member of the Month to Michael and Julie-Lynn Wood of the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville at their chamber mixer.  Mark from the Killarney cooked the food, Mark from Mr. Darcy’s served drinks and various members each took turns sharing about their experiences in Vermont.  “I am repeatedly impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the members of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and grateful to be a part of such a motivated group of professionals. Thanks for the “Member of the Month” honor.  What a treat to receive the award at our own mixer at Golden Stage Inn!”

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Graham & Graham, P.C. celebrates 33 years in business on March 4th, 2015!! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/graham-graham-p-c-celebrates-33-years-in-business-on-march-4th-2015/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/graham-graham-p-c-celebrates-33-years-in-business-on-march-4th-2015/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:44:42 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22669 It doesn’t seem that long ago that our new firm was welcomed to the Precision Valley. We all wish to say thank you for the confidence and trust placed in our CPA firm. Providing professional services to this region, and beyond, has been rewarding and humbling. Please stop at our office at 6 Main Street […]

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that our new firm was welcomed to the Precision Valley.

We all wish to say thank you for the confidence and trust placed in our CPA firm. Providing professional services to this region, and beyond, has been rewarding and humbling.

Please stop at our office at 6 Main Street (People’s United Bank building) so we can say “thank you” in person.

Jeffrey A. Graham,

CPA, CFF, CSEP

Graham & Graham, P.C. Founded: 1982

Sincerely,

Graham & Graham, P.C.

www.grahamcpa.com

(802) 885-5340

6 Main St., PO Box 886, Springfield, VT 05156

Today we Celebrate

33 Years in Business on March 4th, 2015!

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March Chamber Corner http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/march-chamber-corner/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/march-chamber-corner/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:40:37 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22538 Chamber Corner Submitted by Marji Graf, CEO Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce March 2015   Even with the cold, windy weather we welcomed our guests over President’s Week. Again, Julie Pollard and her team put on another successful Chester Winter Carnival!   The February Chamber mixer at Good Commons was educational and informative. Thanks […]

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Chamber Corner
Submitted by Marji Graf, CEO
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
March 2015

 

Even with the cold, windy weather we welcomed our guests over President’s Week. Again, Julie Pollard and her team put on another successful Chester Winter Carnival!

 

The February Chamber mixer at Good Commons was educational and informative. Thanks to Tesha Buss, Chair of our Energy Committee for bringing together our regions top resources: Anika James from SunCommon; Bruce Whitney from Neighborworks H.E.A.T. Squad; Dave Bonta of USA Solar Store; and Jeff Graham of Graham & Graham talking about Energy Tax Credits. Many questions were answered and business connections were made ie. Serv Pro is helping people with mold and moisture issues and they get calls about ice dams. An energy audit and weatherization can identify and address the underlying building structural issues causing both problems, so the HEAT Squad can help provide a long-term solution, while Serv Pro can help with the short –term repair and clean up. An example of a good business to business connection!!!

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We presented Terry Bane from Imerys Talc Inc. with the February Member of the Month.

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“Imerys Talc Inc. is honored to receive the Chamber Member of the Month recognition. The Imerys Talc Operation has a long history here in Ludlow and we remain committed to being a valuable partner within the Okemo Valley Community. We look forward to many more years of continued support to our fellow businesses as well to the Ludlow community.


Upcoming programs:

  • March 3            8-9am at Newsbank Conference Center. Ross Gibson from The Richard Group will be speaking about Employee Engagement, the key to business success.
  • March 11             Mixer is at the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville from5:30-7:30pm.
  • March 18            Protecting your Financial Identity with Carrie Allen of Heritage Family Credit Union
  • March 24            Cape Air & The Hangar Café are hosting an Open House 5:30-7:30pm at the Rutland Airport

 


The Chamber is working on our May 2015-May 2016 Regional Guidebook. We welcome the businesses in the Towns of Londonderry and Grafton to our region.


Don’t forget we have two great events coming up:

  • May 23                Home, Garden & Recreation Show at the Ludlow Community Center
  • August 29 & 30 Okemo Valley Antique, Classic Car & Motorcycle Show at Fletcher Farm School field.  Only $5 car to enter!!!

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Imery’s receives February Member of the Month http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/imerys-receives-february-member-month/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/imerys-receives-february-member-month/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:26:59 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22535 Terry Bane, VT Site Operations Manager receiving the certificate here in our office with OVRCC CEO, Marji Graf “Imerys Talc Inc. is honored to receive the Chamber Member of the Month recognition. The Imerys Talc Operation has a long history here in Ludlow and we remain committed to being a valuable partner within the Okemo […]

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Terry Bane, VT Site Operations Manager receiving the certificate here in our office with OVRCC CEO, Marji Graf

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“Imerys Talc Inc. is honored to receive the Chamber Member of the Month recognition. The Imerys Talc Operation has a long history here in Ludlow and we remain committed to being a valuable partner within the Okemo Valley Community. We look forward to many more years of continued support to our fellow businesses as well to the Ludlow community.”

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Vermont’s Tourism http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/vermonts-tourism/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/vermonts-tourism/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:39:12 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22406 The numbers are in!  Vermont’s Tourism is strong and growing. . .

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The numbers are in!  Vermont’s Tourism is strong and growing. . .

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Vermont State Route 100 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/roadrunners-bucket-list-roads-vermont-state-route-100/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/roadrunners-bucket-list-roads-vermont-state-route-100/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:17:50 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22354 Vermont’s State Route 100 runs north and south, virtually border to border between Massachusetts and Canada, through the state’s rural farmland and many of New England’s classic, white-steeple villages. Although the road has its curves, this is an asphalt delicacy that begs to be sipped, not gulped. The best time to go is late spring […]

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Vermont’s State Route 100 runs north and south, virtually border to border between Massachusetts and Canada, through the state’s rural farmland and many of New England’s classic, white-steeple villages. Although the road has its curves, this is an asphalt delicacy that begs to be sipped, not gulped. The best time to go is late spring through early fall.

Points of Interest: Riders will see panoramic vistas of bucolic farmlands and stately mountains, quaint villages with shops selling crafts and other wares for every taste, rushing waterfalls, idyllic lakes, inviting B&Bs, classic country stores, nearby covered bridges, ski resorts with a variety of summertime activities, family-owned restaurants, art galleries, performing arts, and more.

Scenery: Classic New England countryside framed by the Green Mountains.
Curves: Mostly sweepers, nothing too technical.
Traffic: Predominantly motorcyclists and other tourists in the summer, but the route can become clogged with leaf peepers in the fall.
Road Conditions: Severe winters often leave frost heaves and potholes on many of the paved roads in this region.
Distance: Approximately 207 miles.
Time Required: About two days at a relaxed riding pace, with stops at the many points of interest along the way.
Technical Difficulty: Appropriate for riders of virtually all experience levels.
Source of Map: Garmin BaseCamp

Link to map can be found here:  Scenic Route 100

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Ribbon Cutting for our new member; Hartness House Inn http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ribbon-cutting-new-member-hartness-house-inn/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/ribbon-cutting-new-member-hartness-house-inn/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:36:46 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22314 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Hartness House of Springfield to the OVRCC Chamber.  New owners, Brad Gagnon and Jules Lavoie welcome everyone to their historic New England country inn set on the beautiful 35 acre estate of the former governor of Vermont.  They offer 40 guest rooms, […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Hartness House of Springfield to the OVRCC Chamber.  New owners, Brad Gagnon and Jules Lavoie welcome everyone to their historic New England country inn set on the beautiful 35 acre estate of the former governor of Vermont.  They offer 40 guest rooms, restaurant/lounge, meeting space and a wedding pavilion.  Dinners are from 6-8pm Thursday through Saturday and the lounge is open from 6pm-10pm.

pictured left to right:  Jules Lavoie, Brad Gagnon and Marji Graf

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Another notable step for clean Energy and community support! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/another-notable-step-clean-energy-community-support/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/another-notable-step-clean-energy-community-support/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:30:42 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22182 Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome both member companies, Dave Bonta of USA Solar Store and Bruce Whitney of NeighborWorks HEAT Squad to the Chamber office. Bruce Whitney, outreach coordinator for NeighborWorks HEAT Squad, is pleased to present this Certificate of Appreciation to Dave.  Dave Bonta has referred the […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome both member companies, Dave Bonta of USA Solar Store and Bruce Whitney of NeighborWorks HEAT Squad to the Chamber office. Bruce Whitney, outreach coordinator for NeighborWorks HEAT Squad, is pleased to present this Certificate of Appreciation to Dave.  Dave Bonta has referred the highest number of referrals to the NeighborWorks HEAT Squad than any other affiliated contractor.

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“Our ongoing business partnership not only entails solar but also concentrates on energy efficiency and audits.  It’s important that people do conservation, efficiency, along with solar power”, says Bruce.

NeighborWorks HEAT Squad provides homeowners with energy audits and a one stop shop to help people complete weatherization upgrades to their homes and businesses. For more information on NeighborWORKS Heat Squad call Bruce at 802-254-4604, ext 111.  For more information on solar energy systems, call Dave at USA Solar Store at 802-226-7194.  For information how to navigate the Clean Energy Information Hub call Marji at 802-228-5830.

Be sure to come to Good Commons on February 11 from  5:30pm-7:30pm for a discussion on money, solar and energy saving initiatives.  This is your opportunity to see a nearly fossil fuel free property!

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