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Lightstat’s Ron Eigenbrod dies of heart attack

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Ron Eigenbrod, founder & CEO of Lightstat Inc., Pleasant Valley, Conn., died suddenly at his New Hartford home on Christmas Eve of a heart attack. He was 59.

A New England native and graduate of the University of Connecticut, Eigenbrod founded Lightstat in 1983, with a simple setback thermostat for commercial applications. The company has grown steadily ever since, and now manufactures energy-saving thermostats for both residential and commercial applications, as well as automatic lighting control systems for commercial applications. Its customers include many of the nation’s retail chains.

A passionate conservationist and an active member of the New Hartford Land Trust, Eigenbrod spent much of his spare time outdoors, hiking, skiing, and working on his farm. He was a familiar and friendly presence at energy- and retail-industry events.

“He will be remembered as a bold and lively soul unencumbered by conventions or the elements, his kinetic and daring spirit always full of life. His absence will be felt, and his jovial personality will be missed,” stated the obituary that appeared in the Hartford Courant

Eigenbrod leaves his wife, Ginger (Panikoff) Eigenbrod, of New Hartford; his sister Roxanne Eigenbrod Zak and her husband Michael; his two nieces Adrienne and Marianna, and brother David McCarthy; and many other family members and friends.

Donations in Eigenbrod’s memory can be made to the New Hartford Land Trust or Animal Friends of Conn.

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Census Bureau: Retail sales held steady in December

BY CSA STAFF

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $400.6 billion.

The December figure is up 0.1% from November, and up 6.5% from December 2010.

Total sales for the October through December 2011 period were up 7.0% from the same period a year ago.

In business classification NAICS 444 — building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers — adjusted sales in December were $25.879 billion, up 1.7% from the previous month, and up 1.6% from the same month last year.

The Census Bureau’s report can be found here.

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McDonald’s awarded LEED Gold

BY Marianne Wilson

Riverside, Calif. — A McDonald’s restaurant in Riverside, Calif., has been LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified. It is the chain’s first location west of the Mississippi, and only the fourth in the United States, to receive the prestigious designation. Other LEED-certified McDonald’s restaurants are located in Cary, N.C., Savannah, Ga. and Chicago.

The restaurant, the first LEED Gold certified restaurant in the city of Riverside, is owned and operated by Tom and Candace Spiel and stood as a McDonald’s for 44 years. In August 2010, it was completely rebuilt and subsequently reopened with a host of "green" features, including low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled denim insulation inside the building, native drought tolerant plants to reduce water consumption by landscape and solar panels.

The restaurant’s solar array has generated electrical energy, which saves approximately 8,950 kWH per month of utility usage. Increased efficiencies such as low-E glass windows and LED lighting helped realize an additional energy savings of 2,870 kWH per month.

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The restaurant also includes an interactive touchscreen display for visitors to learn about the building’s features, environmental sustainability, and how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.

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