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Legal Administrative Assistant Michele Bottino of Burlington, Vermont has been honored with the coveted Diane Lynch Distinguished Service Award at the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. The award was presented at the firm’s annual holiday celebration at the von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall on Dec. 7. 

Total Solution Provider Twinstate Technologies announced today the hiring of Benjamin Wright as Information Security Services (ISS) Projects Lead. Wright is an IT professional leader with nearly 20 years of professional experience, holds a Masters Degree in Managing Innovation and Information Technology as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Plattsburgh State.

Erica Havers has been promoted to President of Blodgett Oven Group, effective immediately. In her new role she will direct and oversee the Middleby brands Blodgett, Perfect Fry, Marsal and BKI, all of which are manufactured in Essex, Vt.

Peter Brockelman has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as Senior Vice President, Middle Market Relationship Manager. Peter is a seasoned commercial lending professional whose primary focus has been commercial real estate. In his role at the Bank, he will develop relationships with commercial owners, operators, and developers across New England.

Gregory Edwards, PE has been selected as the 2020 Vermont Engineer of the Year and Branden Martin, PE has been selected as the 2020 Vermont Young Engineer of the Year.

Polli Properties at KW VT is excited to announce that team leader, Elise Polli, was sworn into the Vermont Builders & Remodelers Association (VBRA) Board of Directors as an associate member on January 30. As a Board member she will work to provide the highest level of programs and services for all things related to building and remodeling homes.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals is pleased to announce that Tenika Ann Bruleigh, David Coletti and Hillary Gray have become the newest members of the VTAIP.

Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police, is pleased to announce the following promotion: Sgt. Gregory Campbell, assigned to the Vermont Intelligence Center, to lieutenant/commander of the Technology Investigation Unit at Headquarters.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, (MAHHC) has announced the addition of Dr. Marie-Claude Bettencourt to the surgical staff at the Hospital in Windsor, Vermont as a urologist. Currently accepting new patients by referral, Dr. Bettencourt joined the staff in January 2020.

The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) are pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Greenlee, MD to the position of Medical Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Dr. Greenlee will replace Harris Strokoff, MD, who is transitioning to private practice after six years with CHCB.

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center welcomes  Nancy Teeple, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow with North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network, as this semester’s Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Peace and War Studies.

Sterling College President Matthew Derr has been elected as a commissioner to New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), the regional accreditor for higher education in New England. NECHE accredits over 200 regional and international colleges and universities. The commission is composed of at least 27 individuals elected by its member institutions for their experience and expertise.