Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:10:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.5 Olympian Julia Ford joins Okemo Mountain School Board of Directors http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/olympian-julia-ford-joins-okemo-mountain-school-board-of-directors/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/olympian-julia-ford-joins-okemo-mountain-school-board-of-directors/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:57:55 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23351 LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain School is pleased to welcome Julia Ford, member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team, to its Board of Directors. Ford’s roots are grounded in Vermont and Okemo Mountain Resort where she learned to ski and later attended Okemo Mountain School. “We are delighted to have Julia’s enthusiasm and […]

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LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain School is pleased to welcome Julia Ford, member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team, to its Board of Directors. Ford’s roots are grounded in Vermont and Okemo Mountain Resort where she learned to ski and later attended Okemo Mountain School.

“We are delighted to have Julia’s enthusiasm and expertise added to our Board,” says Mariel Meringolo, OMS Head of School. “Julia’s personal athlete experience, as well as her proximity to her experience at OMS will provide valuable insight. Furthermore, Julia is such a strong role model for younger athletes. Her positive demeanor and message are inspiring. We are proud to have her as a member of our Board.”

Julia Ford is committed to giving back and being an active community member even while following the demanding schedule that is necessary to pursue her ski racing career. In addition to joining the OMS Board of Directors, Julia is also the Snowsports Ambassador for the Holderness School, an ambassador for Youth Enrichment Services (YES) in Boston, Mass., and involved with the T2 Foundation and Classroom Champions.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Okemo Mountain School Board of Directors,” says Ford. “OMS was such a large part of my upbringing. I wouldn’t be who I am or have accomplished what I have without OMS. I am excited to be able to contribute my experiences and the knowledge I have retained through my many years of ski racing. OMS has done so much for me; it is my greatest honor to be able to be a part of and help the community that raised me.”

Okemo Mountain School is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the academic and athletic development of serious snow sports athletes. Student-athletes are given the opportunity to train in alpine ski racing, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing, while pursuing a rigorous course of academic study.

For further information, please contact Mariel Meringolo at mmeringolo@okemomountainschool.org or (802) 228-1513.

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Table 19 at Crown Point Country Club

Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Joe and Kathryn Evans of Table 19 at Crown Point Country Club to the Chamber.

Table19 is a new restaurant and bar destination in Springfield. Table19 (www.table19vt.com) will be a tremendous partner with the club. The owners, Joe and Kathryn Evans, are a dynamic couple with a wealth of experience to leverage in making Table19 a huge success. The Evans’ moved to Vermont from Texas a little over a year ago and have been researching locations for their new venture ever since they arrived.

Their vision is to become a destination restaurant in the region — known for providing a comfortable and elegant dining experience to our membership and the public. The
Table 19 menu will feature locally sourced fresh culinary creations. Table19 will be partnering with local farms and producers to bring the freshest possible seasonal
ingredients into their kitchen in support of their year-round contemporary American menu.    910 Brook Road, Springfield, VT 802-885-8219

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Woodbury’s Florist and Landscaping

Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Bette and Jeff of Woodbury Florist and Landscaping to the Chamber.  Woodbury Florist and landscaping is a family owned and operated business since 1946.  The florist offers a variety of floral designs for all occasions including weddings. We have a large gift shop and greenhouse.  The landscaping division offers planting installations of trees, shrubs,

perennials and annuals. We also offer patio and walkway installation.

Visit them at 400 River Street in Springfield, or call them at 802-886-8315.

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April’s Member of the Month – Newsbank http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/aprils-member-of-the-month-newsbank/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/aprils-member-of-the-month-newsbank/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:36:12 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23263 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the April Member of the Month certificate to Barbara Westine of Newsbank.  Barbara deserves this award for allowing us to hold our bi-monthly board meetings, education programs and annual meeting at the Conference Center.  They have even supplied the food for breakfasts!  We […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the April Member of the Month certificate to Barbara Westine of Newsbank.  Barbara deserves this award for allowing us to hold our bi-monthly board meetings, education programs and annual meeting at the Conference Center.  They have even supplied the food for breakfasts!  We thank Barb and Newsbank for their generosity and for always being an Ambassador of the Chamber and the Region.

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General Federation Women’s Clubs (GFWC) http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/general-federation-womens-clubs/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/general-federation-womens-clubs/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:55:08 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23209 Okemo Valley  125 years and still counting. This year the General Federation of  Women’s Clubs celebrates 125 years of the volunteer spirit. Since it was founded in 1890, GFWC has been a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs from around the country and throughout the world. With over 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in […]

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Okemo Valley  125 years and still counting.

This year the General Federation of  Women’s Clubs celebrates 125 years of the volunteer spirit. Since it was founded in 1890, GFWC has been a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs from around the country and throughout the world. With over 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries we are an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. We work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy life styles, encouraging civic involvement and working toward world peace and understanding.

Accomplishments during GFWC’s first century include establishing 75 percent of the nation’s public libraries, developing kindergartens in public schools,working for food and drug regulation to name a few. GFWC has partnered with Easter Seals, Heifer International, Operation Smile, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, March of Dimes, all organization with projects helping a variety causes.

During its second century, the Federation has pledged its commitment to working for a better world. With “Unity in Diversity” as its motto and a strong umbrella of programs that clubs adapt to suit the needs of their communities, GFWC encourages the flexibility that has enabled it to expand its reach in a rapid changing society.

The GFWC is a national leader in the fight to end domestic violence and has earned a reputation as a powerful force in this fight. To emphasize our dedication to tackling this serious societal issue, in 2011 the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship was launched to award education scholarships to survivors of domestic violence, giving them hope for a better tomorrow by obtaining a post-secondary education that will offer the chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence. Forward thinking, the GFWC Vermont Clubs established their own scholarship program known as the Barbara Jean Barker Scholarship for displaced homemakers in 1993. Awards of $500 to $1500 are given annually to women in the state who qualify.

Vermont GFWC raised and donated more that $5000 and volunteered close to 6,000 hours in their communities during 2014.  There are currently 217 club members across our state who support food banks, scholarships, shelters for abused women and children, mentor programs in schools and Meal on Wheels.

The Okemo Valley GFWC is very proud of the past accomplishments of GFWC. We are looking forward to a promising future of service in our community. To celebrate our 125 Anniversary, we are planning a birthday party at the Gazebo at Veterans Park in Ludlow on Friday, April 24 between the hours of 4-6:00 PM. Come and join us for birthday cake.

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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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