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March 2014
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Monthly News

New Website Coming Soon

Join The fun – Play The WCVT March Mania Challenge For Your Chance To Win Prizes

WCVT Celebrating 110 Years

Win A $50 Gift Certificate To The Elusive Moose

WCVT In The Community

And The Winner Of One Free Month Of High-Speed Internet Service Is...

Two to View A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Go Pinterest-ing! - Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Tutorials

This Month's FAQ - What Does "404 Page Not Found" Mean?

Short Tutorial - How To Print Only A Section Of A Webpage

Community Events

Vermont Chili Festival - Saturday, March 8 -Middlebury

Annual Maple Open House Weekend - March 22-23

Dakin Farm Pancake Breakfasts And Sugar On Snow – March 15-16 And 22-23

Sites of the Month

Score Big With Party Recipes

Green Means Go...Enjoy Ireland!

Get Tips For Spring Planting

Technical Support
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Always have had great service whenever we have called.

It's time to march into spring and this March issue gives you plenty of ideas to explore as you move through the month. Since we don't want scammers to take you on a detour, we include a warning about tax-related scams and share valuable tips to help keep your identity safe. You'll also find helpful tips about the "404 Page Not Found" message and how to save on your printing costs.

Just for fun, check out the Pinterest pins, videos, and websites we've selected for you. They feature lots of fresh ideas for your spring activities, whether it's cooking something new, sprucing up your home, or planning your vegetable garden.

We think you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience. As always, we appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Please send your thoughts, comments or questions to newsletter@gmavt.net.

- The Green Mountain Access Team
Aaron, Adam, Amanda, Eric, Kris, Phil, Richard, Seth, Scott, and Tom

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Monthly News

New Website Coming Soon

Green Mountain Access is launching our new website. You will notice a new look and feel, but best of all, we’ve added additional functionality that we hope you will enjoy. Our goal is to provide you with the best “user experience.” In addition to being able to login to your webmail, you now also have the ability to login to the new Application Portal (see below).  After clicking the “Go To Application Portal” button, you will find additional features including quick access to your Google Apps stats, Mail, Calendar, Drive, Weather, Speed Test and more. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions. We hope you like the new site!

Application Portal


Join the fun – Play the WCVT March Mania Challenge for Your Chance to Win Prizes

March ManiaThis free contest invites you to pick the winners of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament games and then see how your picks measure up against other basketball fans in our community. All participants have the chance to win some great prizes – no basketball experience necessary!   

Pre-register to play today. We will send you an email once brackets become available for selection (after Selection Sunday, March 16th when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament brackets become available). Then you can fill out your bracket and hope your picks win you a great prize. Once you have made your picks, the fun begins.  We’ll keep you updated how your basketball knowledge (or luck) measures up against others in our community. Be sure to sign up and make your picks by March 19! Prizes include the following:

- Grand Prize: $200 Basin Harbor Gift Certificate
- Second Prize: $50 Greenhaven Gardens (New Haven) Gift Certificate
- Third Prize: $40 Cubbers (Bristol) Gift Certificate
- Fourth Prize: $30 Automotion (Hinesburg) Gift Certificate
- Fifth Prize: $25 Bridge Street Café (Richmond) Gift Certificate
- Sixth Prize: $20 Mad Taco (Waitsfield) Gift Certificate


WCVT Celebrating 110 Years Eunice Farr


This year marks our 110th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than take a step back into time and honor our history. We’ll start with featuring a story on Eunice Farr, grandmother of current president Gregg Haskin. This is the first feature in our three part series celebrating the company’s 110th anniversary. We hope you enjoy a stroll down memory lane.

“She even climbed poles …”
Eunice Florence (Buzzell) Farr — Eunice Farr, grandmother of current president Gregg Haskin — was born in Warren, Vermont on December 13, 1898. When her husband, Alton Farr, died in 1940, Eunice took over managing the telephone company by herself. This was a notable feat in an industry and era clearly dominated by men and made her one of the first women to run a utility company in the U.S.

Eunice FarrDuring her stewardship, the responsibility to repair, maintain, install, and troubleshoot the entire telephone system fell on her. Over the years, she developed an advanced understanding of every aspect of the telephone business. It was not uncommon for Eunice to be seen performing maintenance on the outside plant. Wearing her house dress and apron, she would venture out in the old truck to untangle lines, replace batteries, or install a new phone for someone. One Valley resident claimed that “she even climbed poles,” but Eunice adamantly denied this.

Eunice remained president of the telephone company until her death in 1965. Many of the philosophies she developed are ingrained in the way Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom operates today.


Win A $50 Gift Certificate To The Elusive Moose

Each month, we raffle off a prize from a local business, so be sure to enter your name every month for your chance to win. Congratulations to Pat Apigian of Waitsfield who won last month's prize, a cooking class for two at The Store in Waitsfield. This month, we have another great prize courtesy of the Elusive Moose in Waitsfield. For more information, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theelusivemoose or give them a call at 496-6444. The drawing will take place on March 24.

Click here to enter for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Elusive Moose.


WCVT In The Community

Volunteering at the Green Mountain Audubon Society
Sugaring
WCVT employees Tom Shatney and Mark Senecal worked with the Green Mountain Audubon society in Huntington as part of a volunteer group helping to tap their sugar bush (the traditional way).

Lending a Hand at the Hinesburg Food Shelf
Patricia Labnon and Liz Douillard spent a Friday morning working at the Hinesburg Food Shelf, where they assisted in stocking the shelves and offering a helping hand to those in need.

WCVT to Hold Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 25th
Red CrossWaitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at our main business office located on Route 100 in Waitsfield (across from Waitsfield Elementary School).   For more information, please call 496-3391 or contact the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Being a local business means that our customers are also our neighbors and friends. At Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, we feel strongly that community involvement is not just a nice thing to do; it is the right thing to do. If you have a community service project in the making and are looking for help, contact Alan Jones at 496-8328 or via email ajones@wcvt.com to see if we can lend a hand.


And The Winner Of One Free Month Of High-Speed Internet Service Is...

Congratulations Vince Crockenberg for being this month’s winner of one free month of high-speed Internet service. Vince's name was chosen at random from customers who completed our monthly Green Mountain Access technical support surveys.

Each month, one name is selected at random from customers who complete our online technical support or new user surveys. Survey requests are sent out via e-mail to customers after calling technical support or establishing new service. So be sure to fill out those surveys!


Two to View — A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Coca-Cola Happiness Machine
click here for video

Watch the fun reactions on the faces of people when they're surprised by a special Coke machine at a bus stop in Sweden. The machine displayed large images of summer scenes during the dead of winter.

Tips For Growing Giant Tomatoes
click here for video
The Three-Minute Gardener, Marvin Meisner, shares his tips for how to grow giant tomatoes. He takes you through the steps of choosing the right tomato variety, preparing the soil, watering, pruning, and plant support.


Go Pinterest-ing! - Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, 're-pin' images to their own pinboards, or 'like' photos. Here are some links to some:

Try Yummy Tomato Butternut Squash Soup
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850347718/

Sliding Barn Door Adds Cool Country Touch
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850074822/

This Baby Giraffe Is Too Cute For Words
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850347890/

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? To learn more visit http://about.pinterest.com/basics/ or to sign up, go here https://pinterest.com/join/signup/.

Tutorials

This Month's FAQ - What Does "404 Page Not Found" Mean?

Question: Sometimes when I try to visit a website, I get a message that says something like, "404 Page Not Found." What does this mean and what should I do next?

Answer: This error message means the page corresponding to the URL you entered cannot be found on the site's server. It's possible the page no longer exists or that there is an error in the URL you entered. To rule out the second possibility, check the URL carefully to ensure you didn't mistype. If it seems accurate, try these steps:

1. Click the reload button in your browser.

2. Try removing one level of the URL at a time. For example, if you typed in "http://www.abc.com/x/y/z," remove "/z." If you still see nothing, or an error message, remove "/y," and so on. If you finally get to the home page (e.g. "http://www.abc.com"), try browsing or doing a search for the information you're looking for.

3. Test the URL at the site http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com. This site will tell you if just you are unable to access the page or if it's a problem with the site itself.


Short Tutorial - How To Print Only A Section Of A Webpage

To save on paper and ink, you may sometimes want to print just a portion of a webpage rather than the whole thing including the ads, comments, etc. After all, what's the point of printing extra pages that just end up in the trash?

Here's how to print only a portion of a webpage:

1. Highlight the portion that you want to print by left-clicking at the beginning of the text and dragging your mouse until the end of the text.

2. Once this is highlighted, click your cursor arrow on "File" from the menu bar.

3. Click on "Print" from the resulting drop-down menu.

Many webpages feature icons with options such as Print, Email, and Share.
If this is the case, click on their Print icon and an advertisement-free version of the article will appear, ready to print.

Community Events

Vermont Chili Festival - Saturday, March 8 -Middlebury
Named one of the Top 10 Winter Events for the past four years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this event includes activities for all ages and award-winning chili, located all on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury! The downtown will be overflowing with chili from restaurants and caterers from around the state. The event takes place on Saturday, March 8th, beginning at 1:00PM. Come enjoy the Chili Contest taking place on the closed-off streets of downtown Middlebury, the beverage tent, face painting, street performers, live music and more.  An estimated five-thousand people attended last year’s festival, with even more expected to turn out this year – don’t miss it! Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 8 are free. For more information, click here.


Dakin Farm Pancake Breakfasts and Sugar on Snow – March 15-16 and 22-23
It wouldn't be Spring at Dakin Farm without Sugar on Snow. Join them on March 15-16 and March 22-23. Get a taste of this year's newest crop of pure Vermont maple syrup over spring snow or ice cream. Stop in for their annual pancake breakfasts for some mouthwatering buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage. Savor a sausage hoagie cooked in sap or a bowl of their very own maple chili for lunch. Observe boiling sap the traditional way. (Ferrisburgh Only). Purchase New Crop Syrup to take home. Taste FREE samples of Maple Syrup, ham, bacon & more. Two fun-filled weekends at both locations. More event details can be found online at http://www.dakinfarm.com/2014-Sugar-On-Snow.dlp.


Annual Maple Open House Weekend - March 22-23
The Open House Weekend is a celebration of the maple syrup season and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more “sugarhouses” throughout the state to learn about Vermont’s first agricultural crop of the year. Activities during this free event may vary at each sugarhouse. You will have the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and to sample pure Vermont maple syrup and other maple products.  Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup.  There are approximately 2,000 maple producers in Vermont.  Information about all of the participating maple syrup producers including which of the three days they will be open and directions to their sugarhouses can be found by visiting http://vermontmaple.org/

Sites of the Month

Score Big With Party Recipes

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/events-and-
gatherings/march-madness

You'll find "slam dunk" party food here to keep the gang happy while watching the games. Big winners include Boilermaker Tailgate Chili, Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips, Grilled Bacon and Jalapeno Wraps, and Antipasto Squares.


Green Means Go...Enjoy Ireland!

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/ireland-
photos

Given St. Patrick's Day, March is the month when many people's thoughts turn to Ireland. Leave it to National Geographic to capture this country's most beautiful scenery. If you can't get there in person, this site's stunning photos are the next best thing.


Get Tips For Spring Planting

http://www.garden.org/foodguide/browse

It's the time of year to start planning your garden and this site has plenty of resources to help you successfully grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs. You'll be able to harvest plenty of expert advice from the Plant Finder, How-To Videos, Food Garden Guide, and much more.


Bigger Isn't Always Better

We hope you found this newsletter to be informative. It's our way of keeping you posted on the happenings at our shop.

Thanks for your business! Best regards,
GMA Tech Support Team
Green Mountain Access
Mechanicsville Rd Hinesburg, VT 05461
802-496-8598(local)

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