Pass It On!

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Our Winter Clothing Drive has concluded for this year. Thank you to all who donated warm clothes at your local office! With your help, we were able to collect dozens of bags of coats, hats, gloves, and boots. We combined our donations with those from the Stratton Foundation and Jamaica Memorial Library. On Saturday, November 8th, the clothing was distributed at the Jamaica Memorial Library. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, many local families in need will be warm this winter!

~Dave Moore, Jamaica Office Manager

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Christiansen Family Benefit

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The employees of Cota & Cota have arranged a benefit for a co-worker whose daughter has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. We would like to help alleviate some of the costs involved with treatment. All proceeds of the fundraiser will go directly to the family. We have some great items to be raffled off, thanks to some wonderful community support. We are also very excited to announce that our Ludlow Office Manager, Jim Rumrill is bringing his band, “The Stage Potatoes”! They played at Rockingham Old Home Days and will be appearing at McCue’s on November 15. This benefit is going to rock! Come one come all, and please let us know if you would like to help!

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The Nest

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Have you checked out the Nest? Would you like to participate in a study to help determine it’s energy efficiency? Through our partnership with Efficiency Vermont, we are able to offer a FREE Nest to qualified participants. Fill out a short survey here to take the first step in your introduction to the Nest.

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Farewell, Holly

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After 17 years of service, Holly Doyle has decided to retire. She has served customers from the front desk of our Bellows Falls office since July 22, 1997. Holly recalls how her career began at Cota & Cota. “I went home one night from my job at the bank and there was a note on the table that said ‘Sean Cota called, they are looking for a Customer Service Rep and if you are interested please call him.’  I had let a few people know that I was looking to change jobs, and I guess I told the right people.  I called Sean the next day and that was the beginning of my career at Cota & Cota.  My first day at work went so fast that I can hardly remember it.  I do remember that Salmon & Nostrand sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers, wishing me the best.  After about two weeks, I said to myself, ‘what did I do?’, I was so confused with making out miscellaneous slips, running the register, getting the checks to add up.  I soon realized I had to forget the way I did things at the bank and switch gears.  My biggest boost was when Chris Cota would listen to some of my phone conversations, or conversations with walk-in customers and say, ‘good job Holly.’  The first time he said that, I knew I was going to be o.k.”

Holly-webIn her 17 years, Holly has seen pretty much everything from the front desk at Cota & Cota. “I think the funniest story I have to tell is the day one of my customers left and came back a few hours later to ask me if he had left his false teeth on my desk! Another day a customer called saying she was in her car and needed to pay for oil and get a delivery.  I asked her if she was out (meaning out of product) and she put me in my place by saying ‘what do you mean am I out, of course I am out, I told you I was in my car!'”

Holly loves children, and has enjoyed watching many of our employee’s children grow up. She often offers her babysitting services to help give the working parents of Cota & Cota a break – a gesture which is very much appreciated by the staff!

Holly and Dick, heheating oil propane plumbing installations cota & cota hvac a/cr husband of over 40 years, have two grown children, and two granddaughters, Julia and Brooke. Holly likes to cook, go to the movies, read, and do crafts, such as knitting and crocheting. She also loves to watch birds, and is passionate about animals. Holly plans to spend part of her retirement volunteering at a local Humane Society.

What’s next for Holly? “Dick and I have rented a condo in Florida for a month, so we are really looking forward to that trip.  We have a couple of rooms that we want to do over and I hope we can do it without killing each other…Looking forward to volunteering at a humane society.  I have lots of books to catch up on.  I really look forward to spending time with my husband!  We are starting to think about different places we would like to go. I feel privileged to have worked with so many great people.  It is true that Cota & Cota is family!  I have enjoyed all of the children and feel like every child’s grandmother.”

Holly, we wish you all the best in your new venture! We look forward to seeing your smiling face visiting the office.

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Saving $ is Simple!

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An annual tune up is a great way to cut your heating costs by up to 10%. In this energy market, an average sized home could save up to $350 annually! During a tune up, the technician will inspect your furnace for potential problems, which will save you the hassle and extra money associated with an emergency call.

At minimum, our Service Technicians will perform the following checklist:

  • Make sure all thermostats are in proper working order.
  • Brush and vacuum the heat exchanger.
  • Inspect and change air filters, oil filters, and strainers.
  • Change nozzle to prevent build-up.
  • Inspect the oil tank.
  • Perform an efficiency test.

Your furnace needs routine maintenance, much like your car. Don’t let it break down in the middle of the night due to a preventative measure. Call us to schedule your appointment today! (888) COTA-OIL…(888) 268-2645. You can also schedule service on our website, or call your local office.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge makes it’s way across the country, it is making the rounds at Cota & Cota as well. It has been quite amusing to watch our fellow co-workers participate for a great cause. Here are a few videos of employees who have accepted the challenge. Many of us contributed to Bill Otis’ challenge. I mean, who could resist supporting a guy who was willing to let Casey Cota dump an excavator bucket full of ice water on him? Thank you to all of the employees who have made donations so far. Check back for more videos!

 

 

 

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Salmon Hole Dash

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Eliza Gosselin, Jamaica Office: On Saturday July 26, 2014, I had the pleasure of taking part in the First Annual Salmon Hole Dash in Jamaica, Vermont with co-workers, David Moore, Harold Elliott, and Jaimi Russell. This event took place at the Jamaica State Park, located behind the village. The 5k was included with the Jamaica Old Home Days in order to promote healthy activities using local resources. All proceeds were donated to the Jamaica Fire Department.
As a child, I spent many summer days with my grandparents walking and swimming along these West River Trails. I was more than excited to participate with my family, friends and co-workers on what turned out to be a beautiful day. I highly recommend coming here to enjoy this beautiful village and everything it has to offer in and around it.

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Relay For Life!

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Melissa Smith (Brattleboro Office) ~ “I participated in the Relay for Life of Windham County held at the Brattleboro Union High School track field on June 27 and 28, walking for Team UNFIed for a Cure. We had a team of 15 members (adults and children). The theme for the 12 hour event was “Mardi Gras”.
It was very sobering to hear all of the opening words, and to stand next to one of the other participating teams silently sobbing as they spoke to open the event.  We started walking on the 3rd lap, as the first 2 were for open only for survivors and their caregivers-it made you see how directly impacted many people are by this disease.  There was one group next to us with an newly made sign, one person they were walking for unfortunately lost their life to this battle just 2 days before the event. To see all of the signs with pictures honoring lost loved ones and reading the many luminarys that lined the entire track (all being lit as the sun went down) was very moving.  I’m proud to report that our team raised over $3500. 

Although I had made donations in the past, this was my first year walking. It is something that i believe everyone should experience at least once in their life.  So many people are affected by this and so many struggle every day.”Brattleboro-Melissa_Smith-web

Jaimi Russell (Bellows Falls Office) ~ “On Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, I relayed for my aunt at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, VT.
Before last year, I had only heard of Relay for Life. When my dad and several friends participated in the event last year, I was able to come face to face with what it was about during the Opening Ceremony.
I listened as the chairperson gave her speech.  It was emotional, beautiful and moving all at the same time.  I stood there as I remembered my aunt (who my family had lost to brain and lung cancer), and her infectious smile and her giving heart.  As I stood there thinking about her and the tough battle she fought, I knew Relay for Life was an event I wanted to be a part of.  Shortly after, I formed a team, started recruiting team members and donations, and on Saturday the 28th, I found myself setting up our site at RMS with the rest of my awesome team members (including co-worker Harold Elliott), surrounded by 250+ more people who were all there to relay big!
By 5:30am on Sunday, our bodies were exhausted from being up for 24 hours straight, much to that of a cancer patient. Our team raised over $2,000 which was a small team of 8 (6 adults and 2 kids).”Springfield-Relay-Bag_web Springfield-Relay-Sole-Survivors2-web Springfield-Relay-Sole-Survivors-web

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Money Well Spent?

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We always say our bio-blended heating fuel burns cleaner than the competition, but where’s the proof? We are finally coming out of a long, cold winter where the average home burned more heating fuel than in previous years. Our technicians are out in the field tuning and servicing heating systems. As they go through the regular maintenance process of changing oil filters, strainers and nozzles, they are noticing some major differences in our customer’s heating systems. Let’s just say, the proof is in the photos!

 
dirty-air-filter_webThe photo on the left is a competitor’s oil filter and strainer. Before switching to Cota & Cota, this homeowner had been with their heating company for over 20 years. They were on an automatic fuel delivery plan, and had the heating system cleaned every year.

 

 

Cota-Oil_Filter_Strainer_webThis photo is of an oil filter and strainer from a long-term Cota & Cota customer. Why is it so clean? We use a soy based, bio-blended heating fuel. Each gallon of bio-blended fuel contains up to 5% renewable fuel. Our bio-blended heating oil contains special additives to help you get the maximum performance from your heating system. Once cycled through, the additives in our oil work to clean your fuel tank and heating system, which means you burn less fuel and save money in the process. 

 

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Your fuel purchase at Cota & Cota is money well spent. You can feel good knowing you are buying the best quality heating products on the market!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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