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David Townsend, President of Small Planet Communications, Inc. will join the College of St. Joseph as Director of Communications in November.

BioTek Instruments, Inc. announced today that Amit Lodha will assume the role of Manufacturing Manager for worldwide operations. Lodha will be based in Winooski, Vermont and report to Briar Alpert, President & CEO. Lodha’s responsibilities include production and supply chain management for all BioTek products.

Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that it has increased the capacity of its communications network in Vermont and has expanded the number of businesses that can take advantage of the company's far-reaching fiber-optic backbone. Additionally, the company has named Tracy Guy-Davis as Level 3's general manager for New England.

VT-PMG Public Relations announces the addition of two new associates.
Alicia De Martini has been named Assistant Account Executive at PMG. She is a 2009 graduate of Champlain College, where she majored in Mass Communications. Ms. De Martini was an intern with PMG previously. Ms. DeMartini resides in Burlington.

Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) is pleased to announce the hire of two new Directors:

NBT Bank Regional President Matt Durkee announced that Peter McCarthy has been hired as vice president and senior commercial banking relationship manager. In this position, McCarthy is responsible for developing and managing business relationships with the bank’s commercial customers in Vermont. He is based at the bank’s regional office at 150 Bank Street in Burlington.

Middlebury, VT - Bret Williams, President and CEO of Green Mountain Beverage, producers of Woodchuck Draft Cider in Middlebury, Vermont, announces the following new hires:

Northfield Savings Bank announced the appointment of Stephen Page as Electronic Banking Specialist. Page will support NSB' s online banking, cash management and remote deposit customers as well as drive the growth of NSB's electronic banking services. Page was previously in NSB's marketing department.

Brigitte Ritchie, Vice President, State Director of Public Affairs & Community Relations for Citizens Bank in Vermont was named the Vermont Bankers Association’s 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Banker Award.

John Abry, a licensed real estate broker REMAX North Professionals, has earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.

Six partners at Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP have been named in the 2009 edition of New England Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers include: Mitch Pearl (named in the field of Civil Rights/First Amendment law), Lisa Shelkrot (Criminal Defense), Christopher Davis (Family Law), David Conard (Real Estate) and Beth Robinson (Workers Compensation).

For more than a decade, SymQuest Group, Inc., headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, (with additional offices located in Rutland, Vermont; Keene and West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Plattsburgh, New York; Portland and Bangor, Maine) has upheld its reputation as an affordable and accessible network infrastructure and document solutions technology services company; working extensively with small