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Wednesday February 27, 2013

Brattleboro couple wins award for energy efficient new home

BRATTLEBORO -- Ted and Andrea Lemon of Brattleboro have received a "Best of the Best" award from Efficiency Vermont for energy efficient new home design. The couple served as general contractors and provided much the overall design. The project’s team of designers, builders, and energy professionals, included Eli Gould of Ironwood Brand, West Brattleboro, and Marc Rosenbaum of South Mountain Company, West Tisbury, Mass.

The two-story, three-bedroom home was designed to be Passive House certified, meaning that it is an ultra-low-energy building. Features include a solar electric system, a solar hot water system, energy efficient lighting, and a whole-house ventilation system that transfers heat from expelled air to incoming, fresh wintertime air. Due to superior insulation and large south-facing, high-performance windows (optimizing heat gain in winter and minimizing it in summer), the house holds heat well and needs little mechanical heating. Instead of a central heating system, the house has a small pump that boosts the warmth of ambient air and distributes it in the house.

The "Best of the Best" awards, given annually by Efficiency Vermont, recognize high achievement by builders, architects, and contractors using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct and renovate Vermont buildings. Award categories include commercial and residential new construction, major commercial renovation, and home improvement for projects completed by Home Performance with Energy Star contractors.

Dressbarn and Dress for Success partner to assist women
re-entering workforce

BRATTLEBORO - For the eleventh year, local dressbarn stores will collect clothing donations during retailer’s S.O.S Send One Suit Weekend Donation Drive, March 7 through 10.

Each year thousands of women are unable to secure employment because they don’t have access to appropriate ensembles to wear on job interviews.

More than 55,000 professional items of clothing were collected during last year’s ‘Send One Suit’ donation drive. This year, dressbarn would like to collect 60,000 pieces of professional attire.

All of the collected professional items will be given to the international non-profit organization, Dress for Success, which will then distribute the articles nationwide to women looking to gain a job or trying to re-enter the workforce.

Dressbarn stores will offer donors an additional 15 percent total purchase savings. For more information on Dressbarn located at 580 Canal Street in Brattleboro, contact District Sales Leader Louise Johnson at 508-653-1320 or A complete list of stores can be found at

New ‘spinning studio’ in Putney

PUTNEY -- The Hot Wheelz Cycle Studio, which just opened in Putney, offers indoor cycling classes for all ages and fitness levels. Classes are set to music and led by an instructor, resulting in a fun, upbeat workout. Each participant gets to work at his/her own level by changing the resistance level on the bike. This makes it appealing to people who really want to get in shape but might be intimidated at the thought of the workout being too overwhelming. Hot Wheelz offers a variety of classes in the mornings and early evenings. A schedule of classes can be found at

For more information, call Bruce Hazelton at 802-380-9137 or e-mail

Hot Wheelz is located at 13 Kimball Hill Road.

Steckler named
hall of famer

BRATTLEBORO -- Philip Steckler of Country Business, Inc., has been selected as one of the 2012 Pratt’s Stats Hall of Fame award winner. Pratt Stats, owned by Business Valuation Resources, is a database of completed transactions. This database provides details of completed sales and is used by business brokers, merger and acquisition professionals, and appraisers, in seeking comparable sales in various industries. Steckler received this recognition for providing information on the many business sales he has managed over the years.

Steckler became a principal of CBI in 1976. Since that time, he has managed the sale of hundreds of business transactions throughout New England.

He frequently addresses business owners, accountants, and bankers on business succession planning and valuing businesses.

CBI has locations in principal cities throughout New England, Eastern Canada, and the Capital District of New York. For more information, visit

Steckler is a member of both the International Business Brokers Association and New England Business Brokers Association. He can be reached at 800-730-7119.


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