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Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) leaders and staff gathered Tuesday, November 1 at the Mount Anthony Country Club to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship.

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, recently donated a $1,000 Non-Profit Training Resource Fund Award to the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) as part of the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) has launched a new initiative to assist the forest products industry in creating and retaining quality jobs and opening additional markets for locally produced wood products.

Inntopia is very pleased to announce that Jonathan Little has recently joined the Software Development team as Lead Developer. Jonathan comes to Inntopia with fifteen years of experience developing software on the Microsoft platform. Previous to Inntopia, he worked as a Lead Application Developer at Residential Mortgage Services, Inc.

Patricia (Trish) M. Sears of Lowell has been named Publisher of the Newport Daily Express (NDE). The announcement was made to employees Friday who were anxiously waiting to hear who would be taking over as leader of the business. As she spoke with the staff she was met with enthusiasm, relief, hope and applause. Sears has a long history of successfully leading organizations.

Darn Tough Vermont, the American manufacturer of the fastest growing collection of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, welcomes John “JT” Thoubboron to the team as the new Director of Customer Service. After nearly 30 years working in the industry, JT brings extensive experience providing world-class customer service for some of the most notable brands in the outdoor space.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Jennifer Pelletier has joined Gifford’s Behavioral Health team, expanding access to substance abuse disorder treatment services. This newly-created position is supported by federal funding received last spring to expand addiction medicine and substance use disorder treatment services in Vermont.

Williamstown woman wins lease on a new Ram truck by correctly predicting score of Patriots game from Midstate Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Ram and 107.1 Frank-fm. Elaine Owen of Williamstown Vermont readily admits that she doesn’t know a lot about NFL Football. “I’m a Fan, I watch the game every once in a while. I love sports, but I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means.”  

Merchants Bank is pleased to announce that Leslie A. Dee has joined Merchants Trust Company as Vice President and Senior Wealth and Trust Officer.  Dee joins Merchants Bank with 25 years in financial services including wealth management, asset management, and financial and estate planning with institutions and high-net-worth individuals.

Nedde Real Estate welcomes new Realtor Fernando Cresta to the team. Fernando Cresta was formerly the Vice President of Business Development at Reinhart Foodservice and holds extensive connections in the Chittenden County community.


The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc, a non-profit human services organization that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities announced today the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors. Steven Karcher was installed on November 8, 2016 as the organization’s newest board member.

Grace Cottage Hospital has hired Christopher Petry as its Nurse Manager. He will oversee the daily operations of the hospital’s Emergency Department and Inpatient Nursing Unit. Petry earned his RN degree from Weber State University in 2012.