73-panel solar project completed

RUTLAND TOWN – SunCommon recently completed a 73-panel, 19,345-kilowatt solar system on the roof of Vermont Bedrooms in Rutland Town. Bill Beanland, co-owner of Vermont Bedrooms, said the company is “always looking for ways to cut costs and save energy.”
He noted the business previously cut its electric bill in half when the bulbs in its more than 70 spotlights throughout the store were replaced with LED bulbs.  

Killington makes big strides with bike park

KILLINGTON — Killington Resort’s bike park has seen various improvements in recent years, and the customers have responded by using it more often. The resort’s season pass sales for mountain biking went from fewer than 150 in 2014 to more than 550 this summer, according to Communications Manager Michael Joseph. That contributed to the resort’s 25-percent growth in summer revenue over the last three years, and total days with bikers on the trails — including season-pass holders and day-ticket users — have grown at that same 25-percent clip annually over the same period, Joseph said. Recent improvements to the bike park are part of a “long-term growth strategy,” he said, to boost summer offerings and make the resort more of a four-season destination. “We’re continuing to build this part of the business year over year and not slowing down,” Joseph said.

Zachary Razanouski

Accounting firm hires Razanouski

The accounting firm Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs recently hired Zachary Razanouski as an associate accountant. Razanouski recently graduated from Castleton University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting focus. His prior experience includes an internship with Davis & Hodgdon Associates, as well as extensive undergraduate course work as a certified tax preparer for BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, where he prepared individual tax returns for low-income Rutland residents. Razanouski is based in the firm’s Rutland location and will work with clients throughout Vermont. Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs has offices in Williston and Rutland.

Rutland gym hits 20-year mark

RUTLAND — When Candace Munson talks about the gym she owns in Rutland, she speaks often about family. It turns out, that’s exactly how Munson began her connection with Head Over Heels — which has been in business for 20 years at the same location on North Main Street. When the gymanstics center opened in 1996, under the original owners Ralph and Lauren Quintana, Munson’s youngest daughter, Nicki — then a young dance enthusiast — asked her about that new gym which just opened on Main Street, which they often drove by. That year, they had Nicki’s birthday party at Head Over Heels, which started a years-long connection to the gym. At age 13, Nicki started to be a helper at Head Over Heels, and, the following year, that led to her mother helping out regularly with birthday parties there.

Fair Haven B&B going strong at 30

FAIR HAVEN — The Maplewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Fair Haven is enjoying its 30th anniversary this month, and — if the travel website tripadvisor.com is any indication — current owners Paul and Roy Allen-Webber, who bought the property only two years ago, can feel good about how their venture is faring.

Rebecca Crandall

Crandall joins BROC

Rebecca Crandall recently joined the staff at BROC-Community Action in southwestern Vermont. Crandall will provide housing services for Bennington-area clients in the Reach Up program, under a new community services grant. She will work with the Vermont Division of Economic Services to oversee the placement of clients into three transitional units and perform outreach to homeless Reach Up recipients living in area motels. Crandall has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from State University of New York-Empire State College.

Vt. native to open Rutland gym

RUTLAND – After working with fitness clients throughout the U.S., Bomoseen native Sean Manovill has returned to Rutland County to open Club Fitness, a health and wellness center set to open in October. Manovill, 35, said his new business, to be located at 275 North Main St. in Rutland, will be focused on helping people live better lives by improving their fitness. “We want to focus on real results,” he said. “We’re not a gimmick gym.”

Manovill said his two top-priorities for his gym are cleanliness and customer service.

Jim DiCosimo

DiCosimo takes RMHS job

James DiCosimo was recently hired as the chief financial officer for Rutland Mental Health Services. For the past 21 years, DiCosimo worked in finance at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, and he was the assistant vice president for finance at the college since 2009. DiCosimo, a certified public accountant, has extensive experience in financial oversight, budgeting, grants management and financial policies and procedures. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in business.

Couple plans new record shop

RUTLAND — After years of loving music and loving records, a local couple with Florida roots is planning to open a record store, called “Rick & Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse,” at the former location of Mike’s Hobbies in the plaza at 158 North Main Street in Rutland. The shop, which has undergone extensive renovations this summer, is expected to open by the end of this month. The owners, Rick Skiba and Kathy Thornton, have heard from a number of locals who are excited about this new business. “It’s going to be an old-school record store,” Skiba said. The shop will offer a variety of new and used vinyl records, as well as CDs, cassette tapes and music-related VHS tapes and posters.

Susan Morel

Morel takes audit manager position

RUTLAND — O’Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka, PC, recently hired accountant Susan Morel as an audit manager. Morel brings extensive expertise in auditing and advising nonprofit organizations. She is an accounting graduate of Castleton University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants.