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Emily Farnsworth has joined Freeman French Freeman as an Intern Architect. She is the recipient of the Architecture Research Center’s Consortium King Student Medal, an award for excellence in architectural and environmental design research. Farnsworth studied in Vermont and Germany and received her Master of Architecture degree from Norwich University last May.

Forcier Aldrich & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers has changed its name to Aldrich + Elliott, PC, Water Resource Engineers. This new name incorporates the addition of Wayne Elliott, P.E., as co-owner and Vice President with his business partner, Bradley Aldrich, P.E., President.

Former St. Johnsbury Academy boarding student Rand McKellar has returned to his alma mater to fill the school’s newly created Marketing Coordinator position
After graduating from the Academy in 2003, McKellar studied marketing at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, with a degree in communications.

Much is going on in the world of healthcare and healthcare legislation. Keeping up with the changes is a challenge for legislators and hospital administrators. On Monday, January 17, North Country Hospital’s President and CEO Claudio Fort met with one of the newest members of the Vermont House and of the House Committee on Healthcare, Representative Vicki Strong of Albany. Rep.

Paul Poquette Realty Group welcomes Renee Patterson to our firm. A Grand Isle County, Vermont Native, Renee is thoroughly knowledgeable about the Islands, as well as the Saint Albans area. Renee resides along with her family in Alburgh, Vermont. A licensed Realtor, Renee recently joined Paul Poquette Realty Group, LLC after working for Coldwell Banker, Islands Realty.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Brenda Howley of South Burlington has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as Legal Coordinator.

This week Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, announced the appointment of Diane Bothfeld as Deputy Secretary of Dairy Policy, Director of Administrative Services and Agriculture Development. Bothfeld has served as interim Deputy Secretary of the agency for the past year.

With her 20th anniversary as the Executive Director of the United Way of Chittenden County (UWCC) just six months away, Gretchen Morse today announced that she plans to retire by the end of June, 2011. In a letter to the Board of Directors of United Way, she said, "It is with a strong sense of humility and gratitude that I announce my retirement from the United Way of Chittenden County.

Teisha Francis of Grand Isle, VT has been awarded the Alumni Association Next Generation Scholarship from New England Culinary Institute. Ms. Francis, who attended Essex High School, is in the Associate's degree program, studying Baking and Pastry Arts at NECI. She began her studies in January 2011.
“We’re very proud of Teisha's achievement,” said Heather Hansen,

Lori A. Bass, a legal secretary in Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC's Burlington office, was named the winner of the Diane R. Lynch Distinguished Service Award at the firm's holiday party in December.

Following up on a hugely successful 2010 Anniversary Season- The Dorset Theatre Festival has just completed an extensive search for a new Business Manager to join the team of Dina Janis- Artistic Director and Michael Giannitti- Producing Director and is pleased to announce the appointment of Kit Wallace as Business Manager effective for the 2011 season.

Laurie Cantus, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Laurie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Vermont. Following a new career path, she joins the RehabGYM as a Personal Trainer and Golf Fitness Instructor with certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).