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Former Vermont legislator Janssen Willhoit of St. Johnsbury joins Allan Sullivan of Dorset in forming a new Vermont-based Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense Law Firm, under the name Sullivan Willhoit PLLC. Having offices in Manchester, Brattleboro and St. Johnsbury, their new firm will br…

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Vermont Care Partners announced that Counseling Service of Addison County, Community Care Network/Rutland Mental Health Services, Northeastern Family Institute, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, and Clara Martin Center have achieved certification as a Vermont Care Partners Center of E…

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NORTHFIELD — Norwich University has been designated the lead institution of the nation’s Senior Military Colleges in creating a Department of Defense Cyber Institute program through a recently awarded two-year, $19.5 million grant.

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BARRE — Justin Knapp has joined the psychiatric and medical team at Washington County Mental Health Services as a staff psychiatrist. He works with Adult Mental Health and the Community Support Program and is located at the Center for Counseling & Psychiatric Services offices and Buildin…

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RUTLAND — Kinney Pike Insurance recently announced its top producers for 2020. These individuals were recognized for producing the most new business in both personal and commercial lines of insurance. Nicole Cattabriga has been honored as the winner of the 2020 Barwood Sales Achievement Awar…

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BERLIN — Central Vermont Medical Center announced the hire of a new Chief Financial Officer, Kimberly Patnaude, following a year-long national search.

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CHITTENDEN — New local business, CareerVisor L3C, provides career development services to middle and high school students. It offers one-on-one career coaching and customized workshops and classes for schools, after-school, enrichment and summer youth programs. Its goal is to help students m…

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JOHNSON —The Vermont Electric Co-op is seeking petitions from eligible candidates for three seats on the board of directors that are up for election in May.

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SOUTH BURLINGTON — Alice Kang will join the NBC5 (WPTZ/WNNE) News evening team as a news anchor. Kang joins anchors Brian Colleran and Stewart Ledbetter, and chief meteorologist Tom Messner. A native of Chicago’s north shore, Kang joined the NBC5 News team in August 2018 as the morning ancho…

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RUTLAND — Same Sun of Vermont Inc. announces Emily Palm-Stikkers as operations manager. Creating a new position within the company, she will guide expansion of the core solar design and installation business while incorporating the service, operations and maintenance division known as Solar …

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MONTPELIER — Jenn Wood has joined Community Engagement Lab in the new position of managing director, and Claire Tebbs has joined as partnerships manager. 

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NEWPORT — Community Financial Services Group, LLC announces the promotion of Joseph P. "Joe" Preddy to president of the company. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the company, which provides financial planning and trust management services to ind…

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COLCHESTER — Adrianne Johnson Ross, MHA, was named UVM Health Network–Home Health & Hospice’s next president and chief operating officer. She is preceded by Judy Peterson, who is set to retire later this month after eight years leading the organization. Johnson Ross’s appointment is effe…

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BURLINGTON — University of Vermont Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Leffler, M.D., announced that Peg Gagne, MSN, RN, has been selected as Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital starting Jan. 11, 2021. She has been serving as Interim CNO since September 2019.

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MONTPELIER — Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson has appointed Kiah Morris of Bennington and Kerin Durfee of Burlington to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

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BURLINGTON — Burlington-based newsweekly Seven Days is restarting its Fair Game column. Longtime Vermont journalist Dave Gram will author the weekly take on Vermont politics, sharing his observations about the maneuvering in Montpelier and life in the Green Mountain State. His inaugural colu…

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BURLINGTON — Burton Snowboards welcomes Selema Masekela to its Board of Directors. He is a commentator, journalist, host and Emmy-nominated producer known for his work across VICE, E!, ESPN/ABC, Nat Geo, Red Bull Media House and more. His podcast, "What Shapes Us," narrates the human experie…

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SHELBURNE — Lia Rubel has been promoted to Research and Marketing Associate at Sterrett Law, PLC. Raised in Barre, she is currently attending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, pursuing a double major in accounting and quantitative sciences. She joined Sterrett Law as an intern last year …

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MONTPELIER — The Union Mutual Insurance Co. Board of Directors recently voted to promote Jeff Pryce to the role of Vice President of Claims. He has worked in the insurance industry for 23 years and joined Union Mutual in 2014, where he has held the titles of Claims Examiner, Director of Unde…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, hospitals across Vermont have been spending millions of dollars on renovations designed to prevent suicides in their care, increasing strain on already overburdened hospitals. However, data provided by the same organization suggesting the change indicates …

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NORTHFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, Darn Tough Vermont has partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to donate 100% of its proceeds from Giving Tuesday online sales. This year's sales were a 165% increase over last year, resulting in 137,100 meals being donated from the single day.

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RUTLAND — O’Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka PC welcomes Anna Leeper as staff accountant. She comes to the firm with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Johnson & Wales University. Leeper will add her previous tax experience skills gained from employment within a local skin care c…

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MONTPELIER — Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA) elected a slate of board directors that include three new members:

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MONTPELIER — Barr Hill Gin, from Montpelier-based, solar-powered distillery Caledonia Spirits, was recently named 2020 Spirit of the Year by USA Spirits Ratings after earning international competition’s first ever 100-point score.

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The Alzheimer’s Association has appointed Howard Goodrow as executive director of the Vermont Chapter. A Vermont native, he has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, focusing primarily on fund development.

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ISLE LA MOTTE — ZAFA Wines owner Krista Scruggs has secured her first farm with help from the Vermont Land Trust and the Michael Colbert Farmland Fund. The 56-acre farm in Isle la Motte was purchased by VLT, which will lease the land back to Scruggs for 3-5 years until she is able to purchase it.

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JOHNSON — For the second year in a row, Vermont Electric Co-op has received a wellness award from the insurance company Cigna. VEC was one of two companies in Cigna’s national book of business with fewer than 500 employees, to receive the annual Cigna Well-Being Award.

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CABOT — William “Bill” Beaton of Groveland, Massachusetts, is the new President and CEO of Agri-Mark/Cabot. Beaton’s appointment was approved by the Agri-Mark Board of Directors at their July 2019 meeting allowing for the transition with the co-op’s former President and CEO Ed Townley, who r…

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BERLIN — Cori Gilkey, Certified Nurse-Midwife, DNP, joins Central Vermont Medical Center Women's Health. She comes from Albany, Georgia, where she practiced full-scope midwifery at Miriam Worthy Women's Health Clinic. Before that, she worked as a midwife in New Hampshire, visiting Vermont fr…

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MONTPELIER — Union Mutual Insurance Co. Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Lisa L. Keysar as President and CEO. Keysar is the first woman to head the company since its founding in 1874. She succeeds Michael Nobles who passed away this summer.

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RANDOLPH — Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) State Director Linda Rossi announced the appointment of Katherine Paterson as the organization’s Program Operations Analyst.

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BARRE — Capstone Community Action was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Anne and Arthur Berndt Award at the Energy Action Network Summit, held recently.

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RUTLAND — Heritage Family Credit Union CEO Matt Levandowski presented a $2,500 check to Come Alive Outside’s Director Arwen Turner and Board Chair Russ Marsan. The donation was part of a multi-year commitment to the organization as the beneficiary of Shiver Me Shamrocks 5k and fun run. The 2…

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NORTHFIELD — Heidi Passalacqua of Northfield has been promoted to the manager of residential care at Mayo Healthcare, where she will lead all aspects of care for residents and work as an interdisciplinary member of the care team. She worked at Mayo from 2010–2015, then returned to Mayo in 20…

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MONTPELIER — Prevent Child Abuse VT recently welcomed Ayeshah Raftery to the team as Director of Development. She has been a fundraiser for over 21 years, including 12 years at the Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired as Director of Development and then joining the Visit…

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MONTPELIER — Vermont Retail & Grocer Association seeks to clarify requirements of retail employees wearing masks. Retail employees are required to wear cloth face masks in the presence of other employees and all customers regardless of a translucent “sneeze guard.”

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BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Medical Center has been honored as one of 25 hospitals to receive the Environmental Excellence award by Practice Greenhealth, a national advocate for sustainable practices in health care.

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MONTPELIER — Montpelier City Manager William Fraser announced the appointment of Mary Smith of Northfield as Executive Assistant to the City Manager. She replaces Jhasmine Lamb who returned to Alaska for family reasons.

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WATERBURY — The Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe was recognized for a second consecutive year with the brand’s most prestigious honor, the M.K. Guertin Award, for exceptional levels of service, quality, value and commitment to guests. Framed within the COVID-19 pandemic, Best Western Presid…

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MONTPELIER — Vermont specialty food producers continued their prize-winning tradition this year, celebrating 13 sofi Awards presented by the Specialty Food Association (SFA). The 2020 sofi Awards, which stand for “specialty outstanding food innovation” were announced as follows.

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BARRE — Capstone Community Action’s Head Start Program at Lamoille County Integrated Services Center was selected as a 2020 recipient of the S. Whitney Landon Award with nine other Vermont organizations, by The Turrell Fund Board of Trustees.

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MONTPELIER — Union Mutual announced it was recently named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Vermont. This is the seventh consecutive year the company has received this award, achieving its highest-ever overall rank of third out of 13 winning organizations within the Medium (100-249 empl…