Amy Nichols, of Rutland Town, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Norwich University. She commissioned into the Vermont Army National Guard as a second lieutenant.

Graduates of the University of New Hampshire in Durham include Courtney Randall, of Brandon, bachelor’s degree in nutrition:dietetics; Hilary Kamyk, of Rutland, magna cum laude with bachelor’s degree in biology; and Mackenna Phelps, of Rutland, magna cum laude with bachelor’s degree in political science.

Phoebe Sargeant, of Rutland, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history, with minor in Roman classics and education, from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Laidlaw Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, and recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Award.

Graduates of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, include Connor Allen Hill, of Poultney, bachelor’s degree with great distinction in engineering and management, project management minor; Alisha Arshad, of Rutland, bachelor’s degree with distinction in mechanical engineering, honors program, biomedical engineering minor; and Lauren Justine Nesshoever, of Rutland, with doctorate in physical therapy.

Kelsey Duprey, of Rutland, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stevenson University in Maryland.

Marc Hartnett, of Mendon, and David Sawyer, of West Rutland, were named to the spring 2021 dean’s list at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Cadet CommanderRUTLAND — Cadet/2nd Lt. Trevor MacKay, of Castleton, has earned the Billy Mitchell Award and takes command of cadets at Rutland Composite Squadron, Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). As cadet commander, he has been awarded the highest challenge for a cadet officer, serving as a role model for other cadets and liaison between senior officers and cadet staff. MacKay joined the Vermont Wing in 2016 and attended summer encampment at Norwich University where he served as first sergeant. MacKay will attend Yale University in the fall.


Lake seminarVERMONT — The annual Vermont Lake Seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 4. The virtual format makes joining from anywhere a possibility. The event is free. Attendees can lean about lake and watershed science, as well as receive practical tips for lakeshore property owners. Register at

Hiking seasonVERMONT — Memorial Day kicks off hiking season in Vermont. Higher elevations may still have snow and lower elevations may still have muddy conditions, so be prepared to walk through puddles and mud to avoid damaging the surrounding vegetation. GMC’s visitor center reopens for in-person visits on weekends starting June 4. Stop by the headquarters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday on Route 100 in Waterbury Center to meet hiking specialists and get personalized hiking recommendations.

The Green Mountain Club urges hikers to plan ahead, with special early season tips:

— Let someone know where you will be hiking and when you plan to return.

— Carry a map and know which trailhead you need to return to.

— Bring a warm extra layer as mountain tops are chilly year-round and Vermont’s weather can quickly change.

— Bring rain gear; even an emergency poncho or garbage bag will help in a pinch.

— Carry out what you carry in and help protect Vermont’s special places.

Water quality projectsMONTPELIER — The Nature Conservancy in Vermont announced the completion of 12 water quality projects with funding support from Keurig Dr Pepper. The projects, completed between 2016 and 2020, were located at 12 different sites — East Montpelier, Cornwall, Colchester, Calais, Pawlet, Highgate, St. Albans, Swanton, Berkshire, Richford, Williston, Westfield — across the Lake Champlain watershed.

The projects resulted in the conservation of 519 acres, including floodplains and wetlands, nearly all on farmland. The Vermont Land Trust was a project partner, working with landowners to implement solutions to safeguard water resources and support successful farm operations.

Nearly three-quarters of the money was used to fund conservation easements, which protect the wetlands and river corridors in perpetuity, allowing floodplains to be restored, rivers to find their natural path and wetlands to thrive, benefiting Vermont’s waterways while also improving wildlife habitat and increasing flood resiliency.

Public Places AwardsBURLINGTON — The Vermont Public Places Awards program, designed to spotlight public places and spaces, recently recognized 11 projects that promote public uses and benefits by creating, preserving or enhancing exterior or interior public space, green corridors and networks of spaces. The American Institute of Architects Vermont, Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Vermont Planners Association and the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program co-sponsored the awards.

Merit Awards went to projects enriched by planning or design or that increase awareness of the benefits of creating public spaces and/or connecting downtowns, village centers or city neighborhoods to natural areas devoted to conservation, recreation and working lands. Projects receiving Honor Awards met those same criteria but had a significant feature or stood out as being exceptional overall.

Projects earning Honor Awards are Alburgh Dunes State Park master plan, Alburgh; Burlington City Hall Park restoration, Burlington; Elm Street Park, Randolph; designed and created by local residents, led by Rosalind Burgess of Randolph; Saxtons River Park, Village of Saxtons River; Pierson Library and Historic Town Hall, Shelburne; Union Elementary School Playground Project, Montpelier; World War I Monument, Charlotte; monument and plantings maintained annually by Ted Roberts and Beth Sytsma of Charlotte.

Merit Awards recipients are Fairlee Village Center Action Plan, Fairlee; Dog River Park, Northfield; City Center Park, South Burlington; DIY Community Cookbook: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Making Your Community a More Livable Place, created by AARP Vermont, statewide.

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