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Elizabeth Wesson, 29, of Williston was crowned Mrs. Vermont International this month and will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2013 during the final competition in Chicago, July 16-20, 2013.

One very special and hard-working school custodian was chosen recently by the Vermont Agency of Education (VT-AOE) and the Vermont School Custodians & Maintenance Association (VSCMA) as Vermont’s 2013 School Custodian of the Year. Lloyd Cuenin, a custodian at the Warren Elementary School, was honored at the school’s spring celebration.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today the appointment of Morgan MacIver, a student at Twinfield Union School, to the Vermont Board of Education. MacIver, who will be a junior at Twinfield next fall, will fill one of the two student seats on the panel.

Jean Luc Dushime, a photographer and VCAM producer, won the 2013 Hometown Video Award from the Alliance for Community Media. Mr. Dushime's video was shot and edited for the African band A2VT (Africa to Vermont). The song "Winooski, My Town" is dedicated to Winooski, a town in Vermont that is diversifying rapidly with the arrival of immigrants and resettled refugees.

Putney residents Cicely Carroll and Bob Lawson have founded Travel Fever Tours. Travelers from Vermont and around the country can now visit Spain, Holland, Italy and France. The company specializes in small group tours, each focusing on a theme or activity, such as cycling, birding, art, or the history and culture of a specific location in Europe.

The National Audubon Society has named Peter H. Ross of Jericho, Vt., vice president and executive director for its Vermont state office, Audubon Vermont. Ross will lead and implement conservation goals and strategies in the state and will expand the geographic reach of Audubon Vermont’s programs across the state and the region.

TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design has added three new people to their team: Arthur “Cam” Featherstonhaugh, Robert Jimenez and Lynda Pibus.

Vermont Signature Sauces is expanding two ways—Adding two new flavors to their first class line of gourmet finishing sauces as well as taking steps toward new marketing approaches.
Karen Whitman, one of the original founders of Vermont Signature Sauces, has taken on Nancy Bazin of Westminster, Vermont, as a partner to help expand an already growing business.

New England Air Systems, LLC is pleased to announce that Michael T. Picard has been hired as Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for all aspects of finance, information technology and inventory systems, the corporation's safety program, as well as provide support on all strategic and infrastructure initiatives.

Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon I. Richie-Melvan as the new director of the School of Nursing beginning July 1, 2013.
Richie-Melvan is an international nurse educator, oral historian, spiritual/mental health promoter and retired U.S. Army colonel.

Bluebird Restaurant Group welcomes two new executive chefs to the company.

CAPTION: Central Vermont Medical Center recently held their 35th Annual Service Awards Ceremony. Penny Miller, RN celebrated 40 years. She currently works in Cardiac Rehab.