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Football Camp

Three years ago, Casey Cota noticed a need for helping young athletes purchase football equipment. His solution? Organize a football camp to benefit the Connecticut Valley Pee Wee Football League. Children in grades 3-8 gather for one week every August for football camp. The league has now grown to over 100 participants. High school volunteers help with coaching duties to acquire the community service hours they need to graduate. There are also quite a few Cota & Cota employees that volunteer as coaches throughout the week as well. At the end of the week, participants get a t-shirt and pizza party. Big thanks to Casey for organizing the camp, Eric Chapin, and the following Cota & Cota employees for volunteering their time to see that everyone wins: Jim Tully, Harold Elliott, Bill Otis, Tucker Wilkinson and Grant Christiansen. You guys have made a difference!

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Jamaica Old Home Day

Jamaica Old Home Day was held Saturday, July 27. We had a great time being part of the festivities! Chris Cota and Lisa Fletcher drove one of our vehicles in the parade, while Eliza Gosselin and Warren Wilkins sold snow cones for charity. Cota & Cota matched the profit, and all proceeds will be donated to the Jamaica/Wardsboro Food Pantry.

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Best of Brattleboro

Thank you for voting us the Best Home Fuel Company through The Brattleboro Reformer’s Reader’s Choice Awards! It is our pleasure to provide you with the best service and dependability around the clock.
Do you remember when gas stations not only pumped your gas, but checked your tires and washed your windshield? We believe thats how business should be done. When you invite us into your home for an estimate or service work, you can be confident we will complete the job thoroughly and be respectful of your home. We believe in doing business “The Old Yankee Way”, and it seems many of you agree!

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Marinaville!

On July 5, 2013, Cota & Cota partnered with WTSA for their sixth annual Marinaville promotion, held at The Marina restaurant in Brattleboro.  We sponsored a “Summer of Choice” event, where party-goers could sign up to win a choice between taking home a Blue Rhino patio heater or a Mosquito Magnet. Our winner, Tom Shields, chose the Mosquito Magnet.
Despite the humidity, there was a great turnout and we had a lot of fun! Check out WTSA’s website to see all photos of the event.

Congratulations, Tom!

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Chipping for Charity

SEVCA held it’s 12th annual golf tournament benefit on June 21, 2013 at the Brattleboro Country Club. Over $11,000 was raised to support valuable programs that benefit low income residents of Windsor and Windham Counties. As always, we were happy to help SEVCA in their fundraising efforts.

From The Brattleboro Reformer: “SEVCA wishes to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their sponsorships and other support: ‘Double Eagle’ Level Sponsors — Kinney-Pike Insurance and Simon Operation Services. Putting Contest Sponsor — National Fiber and Westview Terrace Apartments. Golfer Gift Bag Sponsor — Clark-Mortenson.

Hole Sponsors — Cocoplum Appliance, Clark’s I.G.A., Cota & Cota, Northeast Delta Dental, and W.W. Building Supply. Team Sponsors — B. F. Family Moose Center, Farnum Insulators, Fiber America, J & W Auto, Mutual of America, Office of Economic Opportunity, Perkins Home Center, Raven Bay Associates, Sunset Tools Inc., and Whitney Blake Company. General Supporters — Leone, McDonnell, and Roberts; Lucas Industries, Magee Office Plus, and Smith Electric.

In-Kind Contributors — C.E. Bradley Labs, Bellows Falls Country Club, Brattleboro Country Club, Hooper Golf Club, Killington Resort Golf Club, Okemo Golf Club, Pine Grove Springs Country Club, Putney Co-op, Harald Schmidtke, United Natural Foods, and Walmart.”

 

 

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Happy Monday!

At Cota & Cota we continually strive to provide the best possible service to our customers. Today, we received an email that made our Monday!

“As a new customer of Cota & Cota I felt it was important for me to drop you a note to make you aware, personally, of the outstanding customer service I’ve been provided by your Team.  EVERYONE that I have had contact with at Cota & Cota has been EXTREMELY knowledgeable, helpful, professional and courteous.  You folks truly are an incredible group of individuals and employees!

Craig Morse was extremely helpful to me in my new account set up process (for oil, propane and central a/c services) and he sincerely wanted me to be happy and satisfied.  Deb and Jill in the office were right on top of things, calling me to set up service appointments that were both convenient and timely — And, both provided great customer service to me with various follow up calls/questions.  Rick Ramirez was awesome not only assisting Mark Ethier with the new propane tank set up, but also servicing my furnace AND working with Tom Cobb servicing my central air conditioning unit — Seriously, is there nothing this guy isn’t good at?!  I swear, as a manager, I strive to have employees like Rick; Professional, knowledgeable and a true multi-tasker!  Both Mark & Tom were also total professionals and did the assigned jobs to my complete satisfaction.  All of your Team was most respectful of my time, my home and my space — You guys are truly top notch!

Having been with my prior service providers for several years, the thought of jumping ship to another company was a bit overwhelming — In hindsight, however, you guys couldn’t have made the transition any easier.  My only wish now is that I had signed up with Cota & Cota when I bought my home four years ago!  SO glad, however, to be with Cota & Cota now!

In the capable hands of the Cota & Cota Team, moving forward, with the changes of the seasons, I know I’ll be kept warm or cool by your services you’ll be providing to me long into the future!”

~ new customer, Brattleboro

 

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Walk Out of Darkness

Nick Leone, Service Technician, Veteran, and all around good guy, recently participated in an overnight walk in Washington, D.C. called Walk Out of Darkness. Nick and his team walked from 8pm-4am to raise awareness for veteran losses to suicide. Over 1700 walkers raised over $2.5 million for the cause. Thank you, Nick!

In Nick’s own words:

“The walk was part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s efforts to promote awareness on the subject of preventing suicide, educating the general public, and supporting the survivors. The photo is of our team from Ruck Up, a veteran’s outpost in Keene that provides counseling, case work and support for homeless veterans in New England. From left to right is A.J. Paige (the leader of Ruck Up), John Pajak, Sue Barton, Donald Spencer, and Eddie Brown(carrying the Vermont battle flag). And I am down front.  🙂 We were partnered with Miles for the Military, and were there to increase awareness of the Military and veteran losses to suicide. It has claimed up to 22 per day, but in reality may be much more.”

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National Technical Honors

Last night, at Senior Celebration, Casey Cota addressed the 2013 graduating class of the Windham Regional Career Center, in Brattleboro, VT. Out of 120 graduates, 12 received awards and scholarships, and were also inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. One student even received six awards and scholarships! Congratulations graduates! Hard work does pay off.

Here is a snippet of Casey’s speech:

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Where’s the Grill?

Our Cota Community Grill has been making the rounds this spring! Most recently, it was used by the Green Mountain Children’s Center. Staff used the grill to cook lunch for volunteers during their annual playground clean up project. What a nice and cost effective way to say thank you!

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On May 18, Harold Elliott – White River Junction Office Manager and incoming President of the White River Junction Rotary Club – volunteered to cook at the Annual Hartford Youth Safety Fair. Harold says, “The safety fair has all kinds of activities including an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and Monster Truck.  It is put on by the Hartford Police and Fire Departments and promotes bike and skate safety, along with other youth safety concerns, such as poison control, abduction prevention, seat belt and car seat safety.  About 200 people attended and a good time was had by all.”

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This weekend, the Chester Rotary Club will be using the grill for a local school function. Do you know an organization that would benefit by the use of our Community Grill? Please contact one of your local offices. We would love to help!

 

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Grand Opening in Jamaica

On May 14, 2013, we held the Grand Opening of our Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Station in Jamaica, VT. We had a lot of fun seeing some familiar faces, and it was nice to meet some new ones too! Thank you to everyone who came to the office to celebrate with us, and congratulations to our winner of $50 of gasoline or diesel products.

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