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Amber L. Barber, a matrimonial and family law attorney at the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, has been chosen for membership in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a select group of attorneys recognized for excellence in litigation and superior legal skills in the areas of complex family and matrimonial law matters.

Leslie Broun Mastrianni, a resident of Barre, Vermont, has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for her contributions in the field of education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A leading educator and author, Mastianni is being recognized for significant achievement and remarkable service to Canada.

 Thomas Fahner and Connie Sanderson are the new Co-Executive Directors of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a charitable home and school for children whose families are experiencing a time of need. The two will split the organization's top administrative duties with Fahner as head of Residential and Academic Life, and Sanderson overseeing Business Operations and Institutional Advancement.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators has named Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce as its 2013 President.

In November of 2012 Tammy Russell joined The Vermont Teddy Bear Co. as a seasonal Administer working in our Distribution Center. Tammy managed staffing models, schedules, and customer service. Because of Tammy’s outstanding success she was given a full time position in January of 2013.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has announced the winner and top finalists in his annual State of the Union essay contest for Vermont high school students.

When people move to the Northeast Kingdom from other states they are good-naturedly called flatlanders, as Vermont does have its share of mountains. North Country Hospital's newest healthcare provider certainly is no flatlander, and no stranger to mountains far taller than the Vermont Green Mountains.

As part of the run up to this year’s American Spirit Awards, Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) Faculty Chair in Film and 2013 American Spirit Award nominee Laura Colella won a $50,000 grant from Film Independent in Los Angeles to help support distribution of her nominated film BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS.

The Vermont & New Hampshire Upper Valley Region of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce that Suzanne Johnson has joined the staff as its Major Gifts Officer.

Neel Desai, 18, and Michaela Forgione, 12, both of South Burlington, today were named Vermont's top two youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Neel was nominated by South Burlington High School in South Burlington, and Michaela was nominated by Mater Christi School in Burlington.

Forty-six Vermont high school seniors have been nominated as candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program for 2013. Candidates are selected primarily on their performance on the ACT or SAT standardized tests. Of the 3.2 million high school seniors in the US, only about 3,000, or fewer than one in 1,000, are selected as candidates for the honor.

HomeShare Vermont welcomes Shannon Treacy and Lisa Meyer to their team! With an aging population and more people wanting to remain in their homes, additional program staff will allow HomeShare Vermont to continue providing exceptional service as needs grow.