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11 Vying for Top Button Up Video Prize

Help Pick the “People’s Choice”

Only 11 Vermonters remain in the running in the 2014 Button Up Video Contest. The most popular of these will win the $300 top prize and earn the title of People’s Choice. Throughout November, everyone is encouraged to view and vote for their favorites at

The entries are funny, clever, artistic, and highly original looks at the theme of buttoning up our homes to make them cozier, save energy dollars, and fight climate change. The producers used everything from Legos and stuffed animals to costumes and songs to get their message across. They also met the challenge of fitting it all into a two minute story.

Capstone Community Action is sponsoring this contest to inspire viewers to take action to lower their heating costs and do something positive for the planet.

“We are delighted to see this competition move into its final round and are excited to see this theme presented in so many creative ways,” said Capstone Executive Director Hal Cohen.

The winners and honorable mentions from the first round make up the 11 finalists. Titles, Recipients and categories are:

8th Grade or Younger 
Button Up Vermont   Amy Kimball     Most informative
The Crawl Space & The Bears     Kayla Tashiro     Most likely to spur action
What Do You Do If You’re Cold?     Henry Putney     Most humorous
9-12 Grade 
Button Up Vermont: It’s Fall     Aja Selbach-Broad     Most informative
Button Up Vermont: Make A Difference Today     Kaelan Selbach     Most likely to spur action
Button Up VT: I’d Rather Be Saving the Earth     Hina Rattu     Most humorous
The CFO Buttons Up    Patricia Tashiro     Most informative
Top 10 Reasons to Weatherize your Home!     Karen Mckenny     Most likely to spur action
We Didn’t Start the Fire     Daniel Shearer    Most humorous
Button Up Bob     Tom Chairvolotti     Honorable mention
Or Just Keep Stacking Wood     Bob Farnham     Honorable mention

For more information visit or Button Up Vermont on Facebook, Button Up Contest on Twitter and Instagram, or contact Michael Levine, Button Up Contest Director,

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