Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Fri, 29 May 2015 20:04:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Village Green Gallery and Grand Re-Opening! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/village-green-gallery-and-grand-re-opening/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/village-green-gallery-and-grand-re-opening/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 12:25:42 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23810 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce joins in the celebration of the Grand Re-Opening of the Village Green Gallery in Weston, Vermont.  Featuring Works of Art by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese.  You’ll also find jewelry, crafts & gifts for young and old by local Vermont artists. 661 Main Street, […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce joins in the celebration of the Grand Re-Opening of the Village Green Gallery in Weston, Vermont.  Featuring Works of Art by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese.  You’ll also find jewelry, crafts & gifts for young and old by local Vermont artists.

661 Main Street, Weston.

802-824-3669

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June Chamber Corner http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/june-chamber-corner/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/june-chamber-corner/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 12:50:08 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23752 June Chamber Corner Submitted by Marji Graf, CEO Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce   We held our annual meeting on May 13 at Newbank Conference Center. Thank you to Heritage Deli for catering, thank you to our speaker Kerry Seacrest for our uplifting talk about living in community and we welcomed 5 new members […]

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June Chamber Corner

Submitted by Marji Graf, CEO

Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

  • We held our annual meeting on May 13 at Newbank Conference Center. Thank you to Heritage Deli for catering, thank you to our speaker Kerry Seacrest for our uplifting talk about living in community and we welcomed 5 new members to the Board: Jules Lavoie from the Hartness House in Springfield; Julie-Lynn Wood, Golden Stage Inn, returning for a second 2 year term; Emmett Dunbar from Anjali Farm in Londonderry; Terry Bane from Imery’s in Ludlow and Marilee Spanjian from the Inn at Weathersfield.
  • Kim Dixon from Insights held another email marketing training on May 14.
  • Our guests this month on lpctv are Tesha Buss, Chair of our Energy Committee and Joe Evans from Table 19 in Springfield.
  • We presented Mark Williams of Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill the Member of the Year award for his outstanding service to the chamber and community.
  • We thanked Donald Dill, Brian Halligan and Layne Herschel for their 4 years of service on the board.
  • We’re gearing up for our Home Garden & Recreation Show on May 23 at the Ludlow Community Center from 10am-4pm. Please come and support your local businesses!! Food, vendors, music, family fun.
  • We have an exciting trip scheduled for next May 6-13, 2016. It is the 100th anniversary of the National Parks and we will be heading to the Southwest. An 8-day tour from Scottsdale Arizona to Las Vegas for only $2499 per person, leaving from Boston. Details can be found on our website; YourPlaceInVermont.com

 

Mark your Calendars:

June 10            Mixer at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site – Plymouth

June 12            Chamber Day at Okemo’s Adventure Zone – 2pm-7pm – Ludlow

June 17            Understanding your credit score with Carrie Allen of Heritage Family Credit Union – Chester

June 30            Chamber night at the Weston Playhouse – discounted tickets for “Pump Boys”

July 8                Mixer at Inn at Weathersfield –Perkinsville

July 21              Building Stronger Teams with Ross Gibson of The Richards Group at Newsbank Conference Center

August 4&5      Constant Contact email marketing & more with Kim Dixon Newsbank Conference Center

August 12            Mixer at ClearLake Furniture – Ludlow

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

Sept 9              “Let’s Make A Deal” mixer at the Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern – Chester

Sept 24            OVRCC Golf Tournament at OVGC

Oct 14              Mixer at Crowley Cheese in Mount Holly

Oct 20             An Introduction to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Ross Gibson of The Richards Group and Newsbank Conference Center – Chester

Nov 11             Mixer at Jackson Gore Inn – Ludlow

Dec 9              Holiday party at The Hartness House – Springfield

 

Only 5 mixer dates are available for 2016

2/10, 3/9, 8/10, 9/14, 10/12.  Call Marji 228-5830.

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Tina Rosen – Cancer Survivor http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/tina-rosen-cancer-survivor/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/tina-rosen-cancer-survivor/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 19:47:20 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23723 Tina Rosen, owner of Tina’s Fun Stuff to Wear,on Depot St. In Ludlow, is a survivor of a rare form of bone cancer called Chordoma. The average survival rate is 7 years. She started the business in 1995, and was forced to close in 2007. Her goal when reopening 1 1/2 years ago was to […]

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Tina Rosen, owner of Tina’s Fun Stuff to Wear,on Depot St. In Ludlow, is a survivor of a rare form of bone cancer called Chordoma. The average survival rate is 7 years. She started the business in 1995, and was forced to close in 2007. Her goal when reopening 1 1/2 years ago was to help raise money to fund a cure for this one in a million disease. A portion of her proceeds will be donated to the Chordoma foundation.

If you haven’t as yet come into the shop, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see her stunning collection for Spring & Summer. Do consider making a purchase, knowing it could make a difference in a child’s future.

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Billings Farm Announces Production of 100% Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/billings-farm-announces-production-of-100-raw-milk-cheddar-cheese/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/billings-farm-announces-production-of-100-raw-milk-cheddar-cheese/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 14:07:07 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23544 WOODSTOCK, VT … Branded Billings Farm cheese is a tangible and tasty symbol of the history and significance of the Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont – one of the oldest continuously-operating Jersey dairy farms in the country. For the first time in over 70 years, the Billings Farm will market a Billings dairy product made […]

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WOODSTOCK, VT … Branded Billings Farm cheese is a tangible and tasty symbol of the history and significance of the Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont – one of the oldest continuously-operating Jersey dairy farms in the country. For the first time in over 70 years, the Billings Farm will market a Billings dairy product made exclusively from the milk of its prize-winning Jersey cows. Billings Farm Cheddar Cheese will debut at Billings Farm’s Cheese & Dairy Celebration on May 23 and 24, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Drawing upon Billings Farm’s 144-year tradition of dairy excellence, two varieties of high-quality, handmade cheddar cheese – sweet cheddar and butter cheddar – are being made from 100% raw milk from the Billings herd of over 40 purebred, registered Jersey cows. Billings Farm Cheddar, made at Grafton Village Cheese in Grafton, Vermont, is carefully aged for at least 60 days, with no additives, preservatives, or artificial coloring.

Billings Farm Sweet Cheddar boasts a sweet, full-cream flavor. Sweet cheddar is especially popular in the United Kingdom for its firm, yet creamy texture, with a pleasant savory taste. Billings Farm Butter Cheddar, also known as Butterkäse, is mild and creamy with a slightly salty or acidic flavor reminiscent of Muenster or Gouda cheeses. Known for its delicate flavor, it literally melts in your mouth at room temperature and is equally good on the cheese tray and for cooking.

Billings Farm Cheddar will bear the coveted “Queen of Quality” label, which certifies that it is a highly nutritional, premium product made from 100% Jersey milk. Billings Farm is one of only 32 dairy farms nation-wide (nine in New England) that qualify for the “Queen of Quality” distinction issued by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Billings Cheddar is a high-quality artisanal product, produced in limited amounts and available at the Billings Farm & Museum, the Woodstock Inn, and other select points of sale. It will take its place as a notable part of Vermont’s agricultural renaissance, which is revitalizing farming in the state and offering unique culinary experiences. It also will serve as a link in the unbroken chain which began in 1871, when Frederick Billings transformed a worn-out hillside in Woodstock into one of America’s premier Jersey dairy farms. ~ ~ ~

BILLINGS FARM – DAIRY HISTORY

In 1871, Frederick Billings established his farm and purebred Jersey herd as a showcase for his ideas of how Vermont might address its environmental and economic challenges, thereby regaining both its prosperity and its natural beauty. Billings replanted hundreds of acres of forest on the scarred hillside above his home and established a farm in the valley below. On the farm and in the forest, he introduced scientific methods and livestock breeds successfully developed in other places, particularly Europe. Recognizing the decline of sheep farming and mixed agriculture in Vermont, Billings adopted the emerging enterprise of commercial dairying as both an economic and environmental solution to the problems facing Vermont farms. He imported purebred Jersey cattle from the Channel Island of Jersey because he believed this breed was particularly well suited to Vermont’s environment and its production characteristics would produce a marketable dairy product: in the late 19th century, butter; and in 2015, 100% raw-milk cheddar cheese. Frederick Billings developed the first purebred Jersey herd in Vermont. By the early 20th century however, Jersey cows – many of them descended from the Billings’ herd – had become the dominant dairy breed in the Green Mountain State. Jersey cows are noted for their compact stature, steady disposition, and the high quality and quantity of butterfat and protein in their milk. This breed is exceptionally efficient converting feed and water into cream-rich milk – particularly well suited for producing butter and cheese. Billings hired an accomplished farm manager, a Scot named George Aitken, and set about to improve and develop his farm and forest, which would eventually expand to 2,000 acres. Aitken applied scientific knowledge, progressive methods, and technology to the breeding of fine Jersey cattle and the production of premium butter, which the farm shipped to coastal New England markets by rail. By 1890, the year of Frederick Billings’ death, Aitken had earned a preeminent reputation for the Billings Farm – among agriculturists throughout Vermont and beyond. Aitken, his wife, and four daughters lived in the fine Victorian residence that Billings had built for him, which also housed the farm office and a state-of-the-art creamery for butter production. Billings Farm achieved national fame just a few years later, when 21 Billings Jerseys won top prizes at the 1893-94 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, confirming that the Billings Farm was demonstrably the best Jersey dairy farm in America. Today, over 120 years later, Billings Farm again stands at the pinnacle of the Jersey world. With its modest-size herd of purebred Jerseys (comparable to the number in Billings’ and Aitken’s day), Billings Farm is acknowledged to be among the finest Jersey dairy farms in North America, routinely winning awards, including multiple National Grand Championships. The herd is renowned for its highly-classified cows and the quality and purity of its milk. Billings Farm accomplishes this as an educational farm, which operates as part of the Billings Farm & Museum, the only outdoor history museum in America that features a fully-operating modern dairy farm, in view of over 55,000 visitors annually. As a breeder of fine Jersey cows, Billings Farm is preeminent, producing top-quality heifers, bulls, and embryos. Cattle from Billings’ bloodlines are sold in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South America, helping to improve the quality of dairy livestock. The farm’s milk commands premium prices for its high butterfat and protein content, as well as its low somatic cell count, an indicator of milk quality. Too valuable for the fluid milk market, most Billings Farm milk is made into high-quality cheese, an artisanal product that is helping to revitalize Vermont’s dairy economy. In 2014 the Woodstock Foundation, which owns and operates the Billings Farm & Museum, announced that Billings Farm would begin producing its own artisanal cheese from 100% raw milk from the Billings herd and made at Grafton Village Cheese, in Grafton, Vermont. Not only would the cheese enjoy immediate brand recognition, it would give visitors the opportunity to taste and take home a tangible product of the farm. The cheese will be a high-quality artisanal product, produced in limited amounts. Billings Farm Cheddar will take its place as a notable part of Vermont’s agricultural renaissance, which is revitalizing farming in the state and offering unique culinary experiences.

Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues 144-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. Since opening to the public in 1983, the Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over a million visitors and 100,000 of the region’s school children. Open daily, May 1 through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekends Nov. – Feb., and Christmas & Presidents’ weeks, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information please call: 802/457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. It is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable non-profit institution.

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May Chamber Corner http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/may-chamber-corner/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/may-chamber-corner/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 13:36:09 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23440 May Chamber Corner Submitted by Marji Graf, CEO Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce     Big thanks to Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts for hosting our April 8 chamber mixer.  Even with the hail that began coming down, everyone had a great time.  It was nice to see members from Springfield, […]

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May Chamber Corner

Submitted by Marji Graf, CEO

Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

 

  • Big thanks to Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts for hosting our April 8 chamber mixer.  Even with the hail that began coming down, everyone had a great time.  It was nice to see members from Springfield, Ludlow, Chester, Rutland, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Weston and Plymouth in attendance.
  • April 20 was our free educational program; Constant Contact email marketing series with Kim Dixon.
  • The Chamber has a large display case at the Guilford Welcome Center for the months of May and September.  Be sure to stop by to see our members’ and region showcased!
  • Our guests this month on lpctv are Patricia Horn from The Village at Cedar Hill and Deb Carbin from Northeast by Rail.
  • We had 2 ribbon cuttings; Table 19 and Woodbury’s Florist and Landscaping in Springfield.
  • We presented Barb Westine of Newsbank with the April Member of the Month award.
  • Members have been busy choosing Member of the Year from our previous 12 member of the month recipients. The Member of the Year will be announced at our Annual Meeting luncheon on May 13 from 12-2pm at Newsbank Conference Center.
  • We’re gearing up for our Home Garden & Recreation Show on May 23 at the Ludlow Community Center from 10am-4pm. Please come and support your local businesses!! Food, vendors, music, family fun.
  • We have an exciting trip scheduled for next May 6-13, 2016. It is the 100th anniversary of the National Parks and we will be heading to the Southwest. An 8-day tour from Scottsdale Arizona to Las Vegas for only $2499 per person, leaving from Boston. Details can be found on our website; YourPlaceInVermont.com

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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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The Chamber welcomes new members in April http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/the-chamber-welcomes-new-members-in-april/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/the-chamber-welcomes-new-members-in-april/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:14:10 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=23286 Marylou Scofield, PC Attorney Scofield founded Marylou Scofield, PC in 2013 after accumulating almost 20 years of legal experience in New York and Connecticut serving governmental, commercial and individual clients. The Firm’s goal is to offer top level real estate services as well as general legal services as needed to individuals and small business entities […]

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Marylou Scofield, PC

Attorney Scofield founded Marylou Scofield, PC in 2013 after accumulating almost 20 years of legal experience in New York and Connecticut serving governmental, commercial and individual clients. The Firm’s goal is to offer top level real estate services as well as general legal services as needed to individuals and small business entities living and operating in this beautiful part of the Northeast. In addition, she will be providing legal services to municipal clients in the central Vermont region.  mscofield@scofieldpc.com

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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Little Cricket Photography

I have always had a passion for photography.  I grew up in a small, rural town in southern Vermont.  Always being surrounded by the beautiful green mountains, and the landscape that Vermont is famous for is an inspiration to me, and is shown in a lot of my images.  Contact me at:  Littlecricketphotography@live.com


 

Portland Glass

Portland Glass® is the premier provider of home improvement glasscommercial glass, and auto glass in the New England area. Our dedication to professional work, prompt service and your safety has allowed us to proudly operate 34 locations throughout Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire since 1947.

Whether you are in the market for energy efficient vinyl replacement windows, custom wood windows, commercial glass, or auto glass, our professional glaziers have the knowledge and experience needed to provide first rate service. No matter what your glass needs are, Portland Glass® guarantees your satisfaction! Call us at 866-838-GLASS (4527)


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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.

Woodburys

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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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