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Starr Jewell pulls double duty for Therapy Dogs of Vermont, donating her marketing talents and the love of her Bernese Mountain Dog A Vermont native with more than 20 years of experience as a marketing professional, Jewell donates her creative services to this all-volunteer, non-profit organization of well-mannered, sweet-tempered, people-loving dogs and their handlers.

Naturopathic physician Dr. Christopher Hollis and massage therapist Beth Rettig of West Fairlee were among the experts lecturing and leading workshops at a Caribbean medical school recently.

Liz Lovely, Inc. received national exposure when company co-founders Liz and Dan Holtz were featured on “The Story,” a nationally syndicated program on National Public Radio, on Thursday, March 5th. The show was one in an on-going series called “What’s Working? Who’s Working?” that focuses on people and companies that are thriving despite the downturn in the economy.

Fifteen partners at Langrock, Sperry & Wool, LLP have been named “Best Lawyers” in Vermont in one or more areas of law. They received these honors from Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Kelly Brush Foundation President Charlie Brush announced the hiring of Betsy Cabrera as executive director of the growing non-profit. Cabrera is the three-year-old non-profit’s first executive director.

The trustees of the Vermont Historical Society have announced the appointment of Mark S. Hudson as the new Executive Director of the organization. Sarah Dopp, president of the Society's board, noted that "We are so pleased to welcome Mark Hudson as the new Executive Director of VHS!

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced that Mark Westergard of South Burlington has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as General Counsel.

North Country Hospital is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19th by honoring its board certified nurses. Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex.

Bill Young, Executive Director of Maple Leaf Farm is pleased to announce that Tarah Woolgar, an Assessment Counselor and Case Manager, recently received certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.   Tarah has also completed the first year of her Masters Degree in Community Mental Health at Southern New Hampshire University, with one more year to complete.

Seven Days has promoted three, long-time employees — with a combined tenure of 28 years at the company — to associate publisher positions. Online Editor Cathy Resmer, Creative Director Don Eggert and Sales Director Colby Roberts will retain their current roles while taking on an increasing number of projects in the publisher realm.

Next May, Lyndon State College Meteorology Professor Nolan Atkins and two Lyndon students will travel to Norman, Okla., where they will take part in a large national study on the formation of tornadoes. Atkins and the students, Tony McGee of Penacook, N.H., and Rachel Ducharme of Charlestown, R.I., are among about 20 other scientists in the study.

Dr. Jianke Yang, professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), has written a new textbook with coauthor Maksim Skorobogatiy entitled Fundamentals of Photonic Crystal Guiding.