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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin received national attention earlier this month when he devoted his annual “State of the State” address to the problem of addiction and its impact on the criminal justice system. In addition to admitting that Vermont faces a “full-blown heroin crisis,” the governor called for an overhaul in how drug users are treated by the criminal justice system in the state.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) held the official Grand Opening for its new branch in St. Albans, located at 295 Tuckers Way. On hand for the event for NEFCU were President and CEO John Dwyer, Board Chair Charles DesLauriers, members of senior management and project staff, and the St. Albans branch staff.

Montshire Museum of Science Executive Director David Goudy has announced his plans to retire in March 2015, following 34 years as the Museum's executive director. During his tenure, Goudy led the Museum from a fledgling enterprise to a nationally recognized center for science learning.

The late Laura Roberts of Putney was posthumously awarded Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC’s Diane R. Lynch Distinguished Service Award at the law firm’s holiday party. Roberts, who passed away in May, was an administrative assistant in DRM’s Brattleboro office for seven years.

Dr. Michael Mason started his practice in central Vermont in 1982. Central Vermont Medical Centert is grateful to Dr. Mason for his more than three decades of service to the community.

Barre resident Jean Rubalcaba has been a volunteer at Central Vermont Medical Center for 45 years, since the hospital opened in 1968.

The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to announce that it has hired Amy Cunningham as its new Director of Community Programs. Cunningham was formerly the executive director of Everybody Wins! Vermont. Prior to that, she was the Director of Education and Public Programming at the Vermont Historical Society.

HowardCenter, the Chittenden County-based nonprofit organization, is pleased to welcome T.J. Donovan, E. William Leckerling and Emmanuel Siriwayo to its Board of Trustees. Founded in 1873, HowardCenter serves more than 15,000 individuals and families every year, and the three new board members join 18 preceding members.

At its 27th Annual Membership Meeting held at The Essex Resort and Spa, the Vermont Business Roundtable elected five new directors to their first three-year term, including: Jill Berry Bowen, CEO of Northwestern Medical Center in St.

People’s United Bank announced that Jay Vallieres has joined the bank as a Mortgage Account Officer and Assistant Vice President. As a Mortgage Account Officer, Vallieres will be an advocate for his clients and guide them through the mortgage process.

David M Dion is pleased to announce Steven L. Robbins and Erik H. Reisner have joined David M. Dion Real Estate as principal owners as of January 1, 2014. This new partnership will help further the Waitsfield Company’s mission to provide the highest level of professional service in order for clients and customers to make informed real estate and financial decisions.

Primmer is pleased to announce that Jesse Crary, Alexandra Edelman and Adam Mordecai have become Of Counsel attorneys of the firm.