Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:50:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Reopening of the Whitesville Bridge in Cavendish http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/reopening-whitesville-bridge-cavendish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reopening-whitesville-bridge-cavendish http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/reopening-whitesville-bridge-cavendish/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:35:05 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20118 picture by Donald Dill Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Rich Svec,  Cavendish Town Manager, Representative Mark Huntley, Cold River Bridges, Kristin Higgins, Accelerated Bridge Program Manager and Tammy Ellis, District Transportation Administrator for the State of Vermont, cut the ribbon to dedicate the opening of the Whitesville […]

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Whitesville Bridge

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Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Rich Svec,  Cavendish Town Manager, Representative Mark Huntley, Cold River Bridges, Kristin Higgins, Accelerated Bridge Program Manager and Tammy Ellis, District Transportation Administrator for the State of Vermont, cut the ribbon to dedicate the opening of the Whitesville Bridge on Route 131 with some HOG members and other motorcyclists present who were coming to our Region for the Iron Adventure Run. The bridge had been severely damaged during the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Rich also dedicated this ceremony to the Vermont National Guard for their great assistance to Cavendish during Irene recovery efforts and, in particular, to the memory of Sgt. Shawn Stocker of the VT Air Guard, who died while on duty here in Cavendish during that work.

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August Member of the Month – The Inn at Weathersfield http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:17:54 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20033 Congratulations to The Inn at Weathersfield for being named August Chamber Member of the Month.  Built in 1792, The Inn at Weathersfield was originally a private residence on over 300 acres.  It remained that way until the 1960’s when it became known as Wethersfield Lodge.  A few decades later, the Inn landed in Gourmet Magazine […]

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Congratulations to The Inn at Weathersfield for being named August Chamber Member of the Month.  Built in 1792, The Inn at Weathersfield was originally a private residence on over 300 acres.  It remained that way until the 1960’s when it became known as Wethersfield Lodge.  A few decades later, the Inn landed in Gourmet Magazine as a culinary destination and more recently, gained a loyal following by partnering with local farms to pioneer the VT Farm-to-Table movement.

 

Owners Marilee & Richard Spanjian bought the inn, now on 21 acres and restaurant because it offered a strong foundation to create a non-professional cooking school.  Now with the addition of an organic, all heirloom vegetable garden to supplement the restaurant and school, the inn is considered one of New England’s Premier Culinary Inns.  Executive Chef Jean-Luc Matecat, a native Vermonter and son of a Parisian chef, is at the helm in the kitchen.  He offers only what’s made in-house or sourced fresh from their farms.

 

Criteria used for Member of the Month:
*Business Growth year over year.
*Contributes to community.
*Attends education programs/mixers.
*Hosts/attends mixers.
*Current on dues.
*Donations (door prizes for mixers).
*Participates in shows.
*Packages with other businesses.
*Participates in “Just Between Us.”
*Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops.
*Is an Ambassador for the chamber and the Region.

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CALLING ALL ADOPTERS (Of ARTISTS, THAT IS!!!) http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/calling-adopters-artists/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=calling-adopters-artists http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/calling-adopters-artists/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:09:35 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20024 Adopt An Artist is a new program organized by Mia Feroleto, owner of the former Green + Blue Gallery in Chester, Vermont and the creator of ARTWALK NY and other ground-breaking events in the New York City art world.  Residents of Vermont and the surrounding area are invited to host a visiting artist in their […]

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Adopt An Artist is a new program organized by Mia Feroleto, owner of the former Green + Blue Gallery in Chester, Vermont and the creator of ARTWALK NY and other ground-breaking events in the New York City art world.  Residents of Vermont and the surrounding area are invited to host a visiting artist in their home for a two week period of time. Ideally, some form of studio space will be available.  The needs of the artist for clean, dry space can include barns, porches or a spare room.  Artists will participate in family life in whatever mutual way the hosting family finds enjoyable.

As a means of thanking the host, families will receive a work of art created during the artist’s stay.  The gifting of a work of art to the hosting family would allow some who have not lived with an original work of art to experience the joy and inspiration that comes with such a gift.  Families will have the opportunity to sign up again and create a meaningful collection documenting their experience with their own visiting artists.  Adopt An Artist will provide a means of sharing the creative process in a new way.  This will be particularly inspirational for hosting families with children.  The program will launch in early October to take advantage of foliage season in Vermont.

For further information, please email Mia Feroleto at
mia.feroleto@gmail.com or by calling 514 549 8423.

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Thank you for hosting July Chamber mixer http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/thank-hosting-july-chamber-mixer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thank-hosting-july-chamber-mixer http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/thank-hosting-july-chamber-mixer/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:19:54 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20021 Marji Graf, CEO, of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks Payne & Elise Junker of 103 Artisans Marketplace in Chester for hosting our July Chamber mixer.  The food, music and company was great and they offered chamber members 20% off that night.  They are proud to be exhibiting at the Frog Hollow Gallery […]

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Marji Graf, CEO, of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks Payne & Elise Junker of 103 Artisans Marketplace in Chester for hosting our July Chamber mixer.  The food, music and company was great and they offered chamber members 20% off that night.  They are proud to be exhibiting at the Frog Hollow Gallery for the month of July.

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August e-news! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-e-news/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=august-e-news http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-e-news/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:02:50 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20012 Summer events coming to our region: August 13-17 the  Vermont Challenge will be going through our region. Please watch out for cyclists. August 30th & August 31st from 10-2pm each day we are hosting an  Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts followed by a car […]

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  • Summer events coming to our region:
    • August 13-17 the  Vermont Challenge will be going through our region. Please watch out for cyclists.
    • August 30th & August 31st from 10-2pm each day we are hosting an  Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts followed by a car parade at 2:30pm each day to President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site for the Plymouth Folk & Blues Concert.  Car Show tickets are $10 for 1 day or $15 for 2 days, kids under 16 Free. Besides the cars, there will be music, food and vendors.
    • September 23 is our Okemo Valley Golf Tournament at the Okemo Valley Golf Club.  Save the date and gather your teams!  Open to everyone – not just chamber members.
    • Education:

    Have you checked out our online learning classes that are open to everyone?   You can take courses of interest to you in the privacy of your own home.

    Constant Contact will be back for another hands on training on Friday September 19, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  Small Business Success: At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action. Email is more important than ever for your communication efforts.  Learn what to write about it, how to use video, create subject lines that work and connect your email campaign with Social Media. Plus learn simple strategies to build your e-database and social audiences.  Register here

    To register for a free trial, go here:  tinyurl.com/p7bfzlh 

    • Promotion:

    Check out our  lpctv show this month.  We interviewed Bill Borger from the Iron Adventure Run

    • Trade shows: 

    The Chamber will be at the Big E on 9/17 &18 in Springfield MA

    • Travel
    • We are offering another popular trip to China on April 9-17, 2015.  This is our 4th trip to China with raving reviews.

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    Crows Corner Bakery named July’s Member of the Month http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/crows-corner-bakery-named-julys-member-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crows-corner-bakery-named-julys-member-month http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/crows-corner-bakery-named-julys-member-month/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:25:27 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=19988 Marji Graf, CEO, for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates  George Timko of Crows Bakery & Opera House Café in Proctorsville for being named July Chamber Member of the Month. A small village bakery and cafe we make wonderful homemade breads, pies, cookies, cakes and pastries using King Arthur Flour and many organic […]

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    Marji Graf, CEO, for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates  George Timko of Crows Bakery & Opera House Café in Proctorsville for being named July Chamber Member of the Month.

    A small village bakery and cafe we make wonderful homemade breads, pies, cookies, cakes and pastries using King Arthur Flour and many organic and local ingredients. Robin creates beautiful specialty cakes and desserts made to order and our bread is sold in many area stores as well as used in local restaurants. The Cafe’s atmosphere is easy going with a children’s corner and a piano which seems to stay tuned!

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    Please welcome DeGrasse Concrete as a new member of the Chamber http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/please-welcome-degrasse-concrete-new-member-chamber/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=please-welcome-degrasse-concrete-new-member-chamber http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/please-welcome-degrasse-concrete-new-member-chamber/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:14:31 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=19893 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Mel DeGrasse of DeGrasse Concrete to the Chamber.  Mel has been in business for 26 years serving the Okemo Valley region.  For your next job for foundation work, retaining walls or slabs, call Mel at 228-8466!

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    Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Mel DeGrasse of DeGrasse Concrete to the Chamber.  Mel has been in business for 26 years serving the Okemo Valley region.  For your next job for foundation work, retaining walls or slabs, call Mel at 228-8466!

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    The Chamber Welcomes – Mojo Cafe to Ludlow! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/the-chamber-welcomes-mojo-cafe-to-ludlow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-chamber-welcomes-mojo-cafe-to-ludlow http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/the-chamber-welcomes-mojo-cafe-to-ludlow/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:12:56 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=19890 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes John & Jodi Seward of MOJO Café to the Chamber.  Their modern Tex-Mex dining & take out is located at 106 Main Street in Ludlow, 228-6656.  www.mojocafevt.com for menu. Please stop in and welcome John & Jodi in their new endeavor!! Pictured l-r: […]

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    Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes John & Jodi Seward of MOJO Café to the Chamber.  Their modern Tex-Mex dining & take out is located at 106 Main Street in Ludlow, 228-6656.  www.mojocafevt.com for menu.

    Please stop in and welcome John & Jodi in their new endeavor!!

    Pictured l-r: Marji Graf, John Seward, Jodi Seward

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    The Little School Earns National NAEYC Accreditation http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/little-school-earns-national-naeyc-accreditation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=little-school-earns-national-naeyc-accreditation http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/little-school-earns-national-naeyc-accreditation/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:39:51 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=19887 Weston, VT – The Little School in Weston, VT has earned a new five-year term of accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.  Currently there are approximately 6,500 accredited programs nationwide and less than 60 programs in the state of Vermont. […]

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    Weston, VT – The Little School in Weston, VT has earned a new five-year term of accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.  Currently there are approximately 6,500 accredited programs nationwide and less than 60 programs in the state of Vermont.

    The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for young children since 1985.  As of September 2006, the Association’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs.  The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.  NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

    “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Meghan Meszkat, Director of The Little School.  “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

    The Little School was established in 1976 in a historic schoolhouse landmark dating from 1861.  Serving children from 10 surrounding towns, The Little School is proud to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing program that is responsive to various developmental needs and accessible to all families.  Classrooms for children ages 2-5 provide developmentally appropriate full, part and extended day programs.

    To renew their NAEYC Accreditation, The Little School went through an extensive preparation process, measuring the program and its services against ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.  The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten NAEYC program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

    For information about enrolling your child or to arrange a visit to The Little School, please call 802-824-3405 or visit our website at www.littleschoolvt.org

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    July Update from BRAT http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/july-update-brat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=july-update-brat http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/july-update-brat/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:01:32 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=19883 Here’s to the glories of summer in Vermont: sunset walks, jumps into the local swimming hole, riding bikes along the river, day trips to favorite hikes…time spent out-of-doors!  Lots of exciting stuff going on; I’ll fill you in on a few bits at a time so I don’t over-fill your inbox. Since joining the Okemo […]

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    Here’s to the glories of summer in Vermont: sunset walks, jumps into the local swimming hole, riding bikes along the river, day trips to favorite hikes…time spent out-of-doors!  Lots of exciting stuff going on; I’ll fill you in on a few bits at a time so I don’t over-fill your inbox.

    Since joining the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, BRAT has been making some great connections.  The Golden Stage Inn of Proctorsville is now offering a Voluntourism Package — guests who book a stay at the Inn around the BRAT’s annual RiverSweep (this year on Sept. 6th) receive a discounted rate, a bag of home-made cookies, and a complimentary tote bag from the Inn.  They also receive a free tee shirt from the BRAT and lunch from a local eatery as a thank you for their efforts during RiverSweep!

    Two popular swimming holes are now tested every week for bacteria: Buttermilk Falls on Branch Brook has been officially adopted for a second year by Okemo Mountain Resort.  Mike Doran of Okemo, trained by BRAT’s Bill Manner, collects a water sample every Wednesday morning all summer long, then drives it to the Ludlow wastewater treatment facility.  It is then transported by courier to Endyne Labs in NH, tested, and bacteria levels are reported, recorded, and posted in time for weekend visitors to Buttermilk Falls.

    Greven Field in Proctorsville sits along the Black River below the Ludlow wwtf, and boasts a lovely little swimming hole/kayak put-in.  Amy Balogh of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber and Frank Provance of Diamond Realty team up to collect weekly samples and handle them in the same fashion as Buttermilk Falls.  Greven Field is in need of official adoption…Okemo’s $500 “adoption fee” covers a whole summer’s worth of testing plus the installation of a beautiful sign on-site at the Falls.  The fee can be split any number of ways between co-adopters, so let’s put our heads together and team up!

    Latest and greatest – the LineKeeper at Hoyt’s Landing is getting plenty of use and attention!  The campers and counselors of the YMCA Meeting Waters Day Camp are taking the summer shift, paddling down the Black River to monitor the LineKeeper every week.  They empty the line, talk with anglers, and scout the shoreline for snagged or loose line that could potentially tangle birds and other wildlife or foul boat propellors.  All the line and tackle is sorted by BRAT and recycled or disposed of in the proper fashion.  The mono-filament line goes to the Berkley fishing company, which in turn recycles it (along with other plastic items) into their signature “Fish Habs” — nifty square “cages” that act as safe zones for small fish in ponds and lakes.  Many thanks to John Lambert of Lambert Auto in Claremont NH for assembling the LineKeepers, to Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society for mounting and monitoring a second LineKeeper at Herrick’s Cove in Rockingham, and the kids and counselors of the YMCA camp for keeping an eye on the LineKeeper at Hoyt’s Landing.  Stop by and check it out!

    Sample-Palooza – the CT River Watershed Council is working with the State of VT to collect samples from all the major tributaries to the Connecticut River, including the Black River.  We’ll be gathering a special sample from the lower portion of the river within the next few weeks, testing for nutrients like nitrates and phosphates, to put together a picture of the baseline conditions for the nutrient situation in Long Island Sound.  We’ll keep you posted — might even make the newspaper!

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