Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:20:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 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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Lang McLaughry Real Estate, Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty and Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty join forces http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/lang-mclaughry-real-estate-vermont-country-properties-sothebys-international-realty-four-seasons-sothebys-international-realty-join-forces/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/lang-mclaughry-real-estate-vermont-country-properties-sothebys-international-realty-four-seasons-sothebys-international-realty-join-forces/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:47:23 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22160 About our merger FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2015 South Burlington, Vt.— Lang McLaughry Real Estate, the largest real estate firm in Vermont, with 15 offices, has merged with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. Together, they have acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which has five offices […]

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About our merger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2015

South Burlington, Vt.— Lang McLaughry Real Estate, the largest real estate firm in Vermont, with 15 offices, has merged with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. Together, they have acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which has five offices in southern Vermont. The combined entities will operate as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, with a total of 23 offices and over 220 sales associates across Vermont and New Hampshire.

Principle partners of the new firm are Staige Davis, CEO, and Buff McLaughry, COO, (Lang McLaughry Real Estate), and Stephanie Wheeler and Pam Perkins, both partners and vice presidents (Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty). Other top executives are Tom Heney, partner and EVP, Alan DiStasio, EVP of brand development, and Lisa Coneeny, EVP of southern region.

The decision to merge was announced in a joint statement from all of the principle partners: “By bringing together three of the region’s most established, locally grown agencies, we will be better positioned to offer the highest and best level of service. The name of the new company, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, exemplifies the beautiful areas we represent, and we will continue to grow the strong personal ties that have anchored us in our individual communities. The affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty gives us the strength, marketing power, and global reach of a large brand with an established reputation for quality, while each of our respective agencies brings with them a storied past, loyal customers, and deep roots in the areas we serve.”

Lang McLaughry Real Estate was formed in 2007 in a merger that brought together Lang Associates, founded in 1969 and owned by Staige Davis, and McLaughry Associates, founded in 1959 and owned by Buff McLaughry, to create the largest real estate firm in Vermont. The two locally owned, well-established firms offered its clients over 60 years of experience, and grew from 12 offices primarily servicing the Champlain Valley and Upper Valley to 15 offices since 2007. Now Lang McLaughry proudly serves the Champlain Valley, Central Vermont, North East Kingdom, Southern Vermont and Upper Valley. Staige Davis says, “We have been continually committed to offering the best real estate services in the area. Joining forces with two of the region’s top agencies and affiliating ourselves with a globally recognized brand such as Sotheby’s International Realty will allow us to maintain that commitment to excellence, and to offer our clients an unprecedented level of service. We are excited to be working with two agencies that, like Lang McLaughry Real Estate, have deep roots and established histories in the communities they serve, and look forward to showcasing the best of what Vermont and New Hampshire have to offer.”

The new Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty will be headquartered in South Burlington and continue to maintain their local roots and focus, while leveraging the marketing resources and global reputation of the Sotheby’s International Realty worldwide network. Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty listings will also be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.

Whether buyers are in the market for a full-time residence, or a second home, Four Season’s Sotheby’s International Realty offers unparalleled real estate services in the most desirable communities in Vermont and New Hampshire.

To learn more about Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, please visit http://fourseasonssir.com/.

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About Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the finest real estate companies in Vermont and New Hampshire, with the goal of providing its customers and clients with an exceptional level of service and unparalleled exposure. With 23 offices and over 220 highly qualified and professional associates across both states, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty is uniquely positioned to provide superior, innovative real estate services.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

Debra Staniscia, Broker

ABR, RSPS, GREEN, e-PRO

Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

57 Pond Street

Ludlow, VT  05149

t 802.228.4537

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Vermont’s Top 10 Events of 2015! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/vermonts-top-10-events-2015/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/vermonts-top-10-events-2015/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:45:03 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22033 Every year the Vermont Chamber of Commerce awards 10 top events for each season.  Sort of a MUST see/attend list from around the state.  We’re happy to report the following events in our Okemo Valley Region; TOP 10 2015 Summer Events #5 – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration Plymouth Notch, July 4th Commemorating the birthday […]

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Every year the Vermont Chamber of Commerce awards 10 top events for each season.  Sort of a MUST see/attend list from around the state.  We’re happy to report the following events in our Okemo Valley Region;

VCC Top 10 Summer 2015 TOP 10 2015 Summer Events

#5 – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration

Plymouth Notch, July 4th

Commemorating the birthday of the only US president born on Independence Day!  Enjoy this 4th of July with a parade from the village green to the cemetery, complete with a presidential wreath from the White House and speech.  Return to the village for a BBQ chicken meal, wagon rides, craft demonstrations and a reading from Coolidge’s autobiography.

#9 – Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, August 7-9

Sample over 50 craft beers and more than 20 wines in the courtyard of Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn while listening to live music.  Local food and goods from neighborhood crafters will also be in attendance.  Don’t forget to bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs!

VCC Top 10 Fall 2015TOP 10 2015 Fall Events

#3 – Vermont Golden honey Festival

Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville – September 12

Celebrating Vermont’s state insect, the Honey Bee!  You’ll find purveyors of all things honey bee at this festival from honey and mead to quilting and photography.  Making their now famous wood-fired Apple Honey Pizza is Goodman’s American Pie.  Enjoy the day amongst the trees on the grounds of Golden Stage Inn.

#8 – Cider Days

Belmont Village in Mount Holly, October 10-11

Fall foliage doesn’t get any better than seen from Star Lake and Cider Days is the quintessential Vermont festival with hand-pressed cider, fresh baked apple crisp, Crowley Cheese and more than 30 local vendors, artists and bakers to delight you.  Take part in the other activities as well like the calendar photo contest, book sale and “all you can eat” roast beef supper.

#9 – Harvest Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum

Woodstock, October 10-11

Experience the harvest and enjoy your time on the farm by lending a hand pressing cider, preserving apples, threshing grain and making butter or ice cream. Dig for potatoes and other root veggies.  Help build a fence or any of the interactive games.  Serving hot spiced cider and homemade doughnuts.

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The 2015 Educational Programs are here! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/2015-educational-programs/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/2015-educational-programs/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:47:58 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22068 2015 Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Program Schedule We’re proud to provide many new educational seminars this year.  You can check them all out HERE! *Education Programs are at Newsbank Conference Center in Chester unless otherwise noted.

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2015 Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
Education Program Schedule

We’re proud to provide many new educational seminars this year.  You can check them all out HERE!

*Education Programs are at Newsbank Conference Center in Chester unless otherwise noted.

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Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Participates in the new Clean Energy Information Hub http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-regional-chamber-commerce-participates-new-clean-energy-information-hub/ http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-regional-chamber-commerce-participates-new-clean-energy-information-hub/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:11:50 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=22061 Ludlow, Vermont – The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is on the path to become a clean energy leader.  The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and […]

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Ludlow, Vermont – The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is on the path to become a clean energy leader.  The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and member companies navigate the clean energy space, spur business innovation, and accelerate business competitiveness through clean energy.

 

“We believe that clean energy is an economic development tool” said Marji Graf, CEO, of the Chamber. “We share a commitment to creating jobs and removing roadblocks to economic recovery, all while promoting the unique resources that exist here in the Okemo Valley.”

 

Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy is working with a network of local chambers of commerce from across the nation, representing tens of thousands of businesses of every size, from every industry. CICE provides chambers with dozens of Clean Energy Best Practices they can replicate to help their members save money, attract investment, and increase competitiveness. Read more about local Chambers’ success stories in Chambers in Action. CICE also connects chambers with leading energy experts to answer questions on financing, policy developments, and new technologies.

 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this clean energy network with other like-minded chambers of commerce.  We’d like to help our local companies save money and become more competitive” said Marji. “Together, we can help build the clean energy economy by helping our member businesses become more energy efficient, supporting incentives for local clean energy projects, and building a market for the clean technology products that could be developed, manufactured, utilized, or distributed right here in our region.”

 

Through Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber will provide valuable information, tools, and best practices for member businesses to save money and pursue local, state, and national clean energy incentives.

For more information about the OVRCC Chamber, go to YourPlaceInVermont.com

For more information about the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, go to www.chambersforinnovation.com.

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