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Newsletter Trivia - December 2022

Q: Which famous author invented Snow Golf?

A: Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, invented snow golf while living in Dummerston, VT! Mike is thrilled to have a new favorite hobby that combines his two great loves, winter and golf!

 

Q: What is Wilson Bentley of Jericho, VT famous for accomplishing?

A: Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley was the first person to take detailed photographs of snowflakes and introduced the concept that no two snowflakes were alike!

 

Q: What was the original name for snowboarding?

A: Believe it or not...snurfing! Jake Burton Carpenter, an avid competitive snurfer, invented the modern snowboard right here in Vermont!

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    Kathleen's Guide to Being Prepared: Wood Stove Edition

    Whether you’re a multigenerational Vermonter or a recent transplant to the area, Vermont’s cold winters are well known for being long, cold, messy, and a whole lot of fun. With so many activities to enjoy in Vermont all year long, I recommend taking a page out of the Boy Scouts of America handbook and living by their motto “Be Prepared.”

    Those with wood-burning stoves and fireplaces know this lifestyle all too well, as ideally the wood used for this upcoming winter has been split, stacked, and seasoned for at least 3 to 12 months. Only seasoned hardwoods like maple, oak, birch, and ash should be used in a wood stove or fireplace. Softwoods like pine and fir and unseasoned or “green” wood contain more sap and moisture and increase the amount of creosote buildup in your chimney, potentially leading to a chimney fire.

    Regardless of the type of wood that you choose to burn each season, it is recommended that homeowners get their chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a licensed professional. Wood stoves are central to the Vermont aesthetic that so many homeowners are looking for, as well as offering an incredibly cozy way to defrost after a day of exploring our own winter wonderland. Kingdom Woodstoves out of Craftsbury, Vermont is a locally owned business that specializes in refurbishing these beautiful and practical centerpieces. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/kingdomwoodstoves.

    If you are interested in environment-friendly heating options as well as receiving rebates from the state, ask us about Efficiency Vermont’s services and products.

    Kathleen James
    Realtor® 

    Hickey & Foster Real Estate at KW Vermont - Stowe
    m: 802.505.0570
    a: 1056 Mountain Road #1, Stowe VT 05672
    w: Kathleen.James.kw.com
    e: Kathleen.James@kw.com

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      Newsletter Trivia - November 2022

      • Which U.S. President received a live raccoon as a Thanksgiving present? A: Vermont's own Calvin Coolidge! Rebecca the raccoon was sent to the White House to be served as part of Thanksgiving dinner, but the First Family pardoned her and she became their beloved pet!
      • What is the birthstone for the month of November? A: Trick question! November has TWO birthstones: topaz and citrine. Both of these yellow gems are said to bring calm, warmth, and good fortune!
      • What's a great way to keep germs at bay from your front door? A: Choose your doorknob wisely! A number of metals have antimicrobial properties, meaning that they kill bacteria. Brass is the most antimicrobial!

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        News from Lamoille Area Board of Realtors - 2022 Annual Meeting

        At the annual meeting, Steven Foster, President of the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors® (LABOR), outlined all of the accomplishments the 2022 Executive Board and Committees have achieved this year:

        • Continue to have a balanced budget and are building reserves for the first time in a few years
        • Hosted a fun Affiliate/New Member event at the Stowe Bowl last spring
        • Hosted a Legislative Forum in January with our local representatives
        • Completed a $5,000 Housing Opportunity Grant with proven results in Hyde Park taking action to change their by-laws
        • Obtained a $5,000 Fair Housing Grant supporting Lamoille Housing Partnership Summit this year
        • Participated in the Habitat for Humanity Build
        • Hosted the Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament raising substantial funds for Lamoille Community House again this year

        Steven said that “none of this could be accomplished without the dedication of our Executive Board and Committees ... Thank you!”

        Steven and Leslie Rollins, past president and chair of the golf tournament committee, also presented Nicole Chauvin, shelter manager of the Lamoille Community House, with the check for the $7,500 raised at the LABOR charity golf tournament and auction. (Many thanks to all of the participants, sponsors and prize donors, too!)

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          VAR 77th Annual Meeting

          VAR 77th Annual Meeting

          The Vermont Association of Realtors® 77th Annual Meeting took place at the Basin Harbor Club this week (a beautiful location during fall foliage!). The event included a number of continuing education classes and networking opportunities with Realtors from all over Vermont. As the outgoing President, Mike Hickey hosted the Awards Ceremony; Steve Foster will be the incoming Vice President, so part of the ceremony included his swearing in. Pictured here are Mike and Steve with the incoming VAR President, Sarah Peluso, and Kevin Sears, incoming NAR Vice President. (Thank you to VAR, the Basin Harbor Club and others for such a successful event! We’re all looking forward to the next one!)

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