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Author Katherine Arden, a resident of East Middlebury and 2011 Middlebury College graduate, was just selected as the Amazon 2017 "Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" Book of the Year for The Bear and the Nightingale! Her mom, Elizabeth Burdine, is also the new Director of Finance at the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC).

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, the universal marine industry operating platform, has recently announced the appointment of Karl Lander as Account Executive. Prior to joining Greensea, Karl spent two decades with the United States Coast Guard.

Howard Center recently celebrated Whit Smith (Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith, PLC) as the 2017 Help is Here award recipient at its annual Help is Here Award Celebration. The award honors an individual whose contributions personify Howard Center’s mission and demonstrate a passion for those served by the organization. The event was hosted by Howard Center board member, Mike Simoneau.

Vermont PBS today announced the addition of three business and community leaders to its Board of Directors. “We welcome the addition of these three outstanding Board members- individuals that bring not only strong, respected professional knowledge to our leadership, but also different geographic locations and backgrounds,” said Holly Groschner, President and CEO of Vermont PBS.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets hires a new Director of Policy and Communications. Scott Waterman comes to Agriculture from the Department of Public Safety where he was the public information officer for the Vermont State Police. Waterman takes over for Alison Kosakowski who recently returned to her family’s farm in Richmond.

The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T Bucknam, Esq of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.  Ms Bucknam will serve the remaining 2 years of Susie Hudson’s 4-year term. Ms Bucknam has been practicing law in Vermont since 1979, and was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in 2005.

Marissa Parisi is stepping down as executive director of Hunger Free Vermont after nearly nine years at the helm. Her last day will be December 15th.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group is pleased to announce that Bryan A Mjaanes has joined the organization as Vice-President and Head of Information Technology. Mr Mjaanes is joining Vermont Mutual as part of the succession plan to replace the current IT Vice President, Joanne Currier, upon her retirement.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr Alexander Orem has joined Gifford Medical Center. Specializing in adult joint replacement surgery, he brings anterior approach total hip replacement and bone-saving knee surgery expertise to Gifford’s orthopedic team.

Companion Aide Pat Titus has earned the designation of Employee of the Month for September, 2017 at Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC). As a Companion Aide, Titus is responsible for the many aspects of the well-being of her assigned patients such as helping with grooming, ensuring a bright, clean room, reading, conversing, and providing emotional support.

Marie Houghton of Colchester has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the election of three new members of our Board of Directors: Jacob Hinsdale, a graduate of American University, is Property Manager of Hinsdale Properties, which leases commercial and residential space in Chittenden County; Katie Glover, CPA, graduated from the Honors College of UVM and also received her Masters of Accountancy from UVM.