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Burlington-based newsweekly Seven Days is restarting its Fair Game column. Longtime Vermont journalist Dave Gram will author the weekly take on Vermont politics, sharing his observations about the maneuvering in Montpelier and life in the Green Mountain State. His inaugural column will appear on January 13, 2021.

Vermont Law School (VLS) professors Hillary Hoffmann and Jonathan Rosenbloom have been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), a leading independent organization that produces scholarly work that clarifies, modernizes, and improves the law, and therefore, the administration of justice.

David Bird has joined New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) as Digital Marketing Manager. David’s responsibilities will include overseeing marketing channel management, market data and research management, community development, and more.

Speaker Mitzi Johnson announced the appointment of Brian Gray, General Manager of the Energy Co-op of Vermont, to represent the fuel sector on the Vermont Climate Council. 

The American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter (AIAVT) announced the recipients of its 2020 Excellence in Architecture Design Awards program at its annual meeting, held virtually on December 10, 2020. Six projects were chosen for demonstrating an “extraordinary level of competence” from twenty six entries submitted by AIAVT member architects.

Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson has appointed Kiah Morris of Bennington and Kerin Durfee of Burlington to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Community National Bank CEO Kathy Austin is pleased to welcome Bruce Baker to serve as a Director of the Community National Bank and Community Bancorp Boards. Mr. Baker’s appointment to the Boards is effective as of January 1, 2021.

Today, Burton is proud to welcome Selema Masekela to its Board of Directors, a group of trusted advisors who provide valuable guidance to the world’s leading snowboard company, which is privately owned by Donna Carpenter.

The Manchester office of TPW Real Estate is pleased to welcome Kristin Comeau to their team of dedicated real estate professionals. Kristin has worked and lived in the Manchester area for over 15 years.

Community Bank NA is pleased to announce John Gotsch has been hired as a trust officer and David LaForest has been promoted to vice president and regional manager. Both are with Community Bank NA Trust Services in Manchester Center, VT.

Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP is pleased to announce that Katherine W Hope has joined the firm as an associate after clerking for two years with the Vermont Trial Courts. Her practice focuses on the needs of families as their lives intersect with the legal system, concentrating on estate planning, parental rights and responsibilities, and residential real estate transactions.