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The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals in October recognized three of its members for their service to the insurance industry and awarded a fourth member a coveted scholarship.

Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrayed the “Most Interesting Man in the World” in a long-running and widely successful advertising campaign for Dos Equis beer, has been named chief storytelling officer at Village Garage Distillery in Bennington.

DEW Construction, a commercial construction company based in Williston, has promoted employees Drew Johnson and Cameron Riley and welcomed three new staff members, Kimberly Lawton, Arthur Chiaverini and Shane Snyder.

The Substance Misuse Prevention Department at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital has hired Desiree Kepper as substance misuse prevention specialist and Susanne Lesnik-Emas as prevention coalition coordinator.

Bradford J. Helgeson, former executive vice president and chief financial officer at Covanta Holding Corp. in Morristown, New Jersey, has been appointed EVP and CFO at Casella Waste Systems in Rutland, effective Nov. 6. President and Chief Financial Officer Edmond “Ned” R. Coletta will retain his role as president.

United Counseling Service, a private, nonprofit community mental health center serving residents of Bennington County, has hired Henrietta Edgar as its new head of developmental services.

William Cleary, owner Outdoor Sports in Williston, and Pierre LeBlanc, president and CEO of Engelberth Construction in Colchester, were recently presented with Department of Defense Patriot Awards for their support of Guard and Reserve employees.

Community National Bank has promoted Amber Roberge from finance specialist to loan operations officer. With this promotion, Roberge will be an officer of the bank.

Orthopedic surgeon Douglass Weiss has joined the orthopedics team at Gifford Health Care, seeing patients at Gifford Specialty Clinics in Randolph and Sharon Health Center.

The ACLU of Vermont presented housing advocate Brenda Siegel with its highest honor, the David W. Curtis Civil Liberties Award, at the organization's 2023 annual meeting celebration Oct. 25.

Shawn Gordon has joined the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin as an attorney  in the firm’s intellectual property group. Prior to joining DRM, Gordon had his own practice based in Montpelier.

David Cawley of Burlington, retired manager of Vermont Energy Investment Corp., has been named 2023 winner of the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service in Vermont.