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Carol MacDonald’s mother taught her to knit while growing up in Bedford, NY. Connecting with the beauty of the natural world and easy access to the vibrancy and art of New York City made for a rich and inspiring childhood. She studied drawing and painting at the Maryland Institute of Art and printmaking at the Lake Placid School of Art.

Donald G. Allen, President and owner of Granite City Tool Co., of Barre, recently received the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Shawn Bryan, Vermont State ESGR Chairman, with other members of Vermont ESGR, presented the award for the tremendous support that he has provided the company’s citizen soldier employees.

KSV, a full-service marketing agency based in Burlington, is pleased to welcome Ashley Packer to the team as a brand planner.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) announces that James Westcott has joined the firm as a Structural Engineer in the Transportation Engineering group.

National Life Group announced today that Thomas H. Brownell, CFA, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Sentinel Asset Management, Inc.
Mehran Assadi, the president and chief executive officer of National Life Group, said that Brownell “is the right person to lead Sentinel at this critical point in its history.”

The Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) is pleased to announce that Diane Dumas of Williston has been promoted to manager of finance and events. She has been with VSDS for the past five years when she started as assistant to the executive director and expanded her responsibilities to bookkeeping and event planning for the Society.

“MorrisSwitzer believes in recognizing talent and promoting from within the organization,” says Dan Morris, managing partner. “These outstanding individuals are completely committed to MorrisSwitzer’s mission of creating environments that promote and enhance the well-being of patients, staff & families through inspired, thoughtful design.

USDA Rural Development (RD) employees serve the communities of Vermont by delivering business, community, energy, housing and utility programs as well as volunteering their personal time to the communities in which they live.

Dr. Mahlon Bradley will be joining Central Vermont Medical Orthopaedics at Central Vermont Medical Center in September. He is Board-certified in both General Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and comes to CVMC with extensive experience caring for active people of all ages.

Champlain Community Services, Inc. (CCS) in Colchester announces that Jill Shumway has joined its Board of Directors. Shumway serves as a mainstream teaching assistant in the Special Education department at Essex High School.

NG Advantage LLC announces that Steve Palmer of Shelburne, VT has been promoted to Director of Construction and Maintenance. In his new position Steve will be responsible for all construction and maintenance at the Company’s growing list of compressor stations and the Company’s equipment at customer sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Manchester-based real estate sales company, AB Real Estate announced today that it has merged with resort real estate service company, TPW of Bondville, Vermont. Annie Bessette, Owner of AB Real Estate and TPW CEO, Paul W. Carroccio, expressed mutual enthusiasm in today's announcement of the merger.