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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading organization that oversees the standards for physician board certification in the United States, has named Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS its Senior Vice President, Certification Standards and Programs.

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Hewitt, from Swanton, Vermont, smiles for a photo after recently being promoted to second class petty officer aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship (LHD 5). Hewitt is a 2016 Missisquoi Valley Union High School Graduate and has been serving in the Navy for two years.

Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, (MAHHC) has announced the addition of Dr. Rachel La Rocca to the medical team at Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock, Vermont as a family medicine practitioner. Currently accepting new patients, Dr. La Rocca joined the staff in September of 2019. She works with patients of all ages who experience acute and chronic illnesses.

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 3, 2019 annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members and Board Chair.

Howard Center is expanding its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Team and is pleased to welcome Patrick Brown and Cael Barkman. The team expansion reflects the commitment of Howard Center to advance its practice within the organization and in the community.

The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the 2019 Timothy Bovat Civic Involvement Award to Brother Bob Begley, ofs; Chef Cathy Cromack, and the staff & volunteers of Martha’s Community Kitchen. The award presentation will be held at the Chamber’s January Mixer on Thursday, January 16, 5:30 pm at Peoples Trust Company’s Kingman Street Branch.

Every year commands across the Army, the Army National Guard, and the Army Reserve convene a board to select their respective nominees for the Gen. Douglas McArthur Leadership Award. Officers holding the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, Captain, Warrant Officer 1, and Warrant Officer 2 are all eligible for the award.

William Shouldice & Associates LLC is pleased to announce that Emma C Shouldice joined the firm on January 2, 2020.  A 2019 graduate of Providence College, Emma received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Political Science with a Certificate in Business Studies.

Jo-Anne Unruh was recognized at the Patriots vs Dolphins game on Sunday, December 29th. She was honored for the significant contributions she has made as a volunteer for the Special Needs Support Center of the Upper Valley (SNSC). This is a part of the New England Patriots “That Deserves a Crown” program, in partnership with Crown Royal.

US Senator Patrick Leahy, US Senator Bernie Sanders, and US Representative Peter Welch recognized 22 young Vermonters who were nominated to the United States Service Academies to be members of the Class of 2024.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes Ebrahim Ghazali, MD, to SVMC Pediatrics and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. Dr. Ghazali received his medical degree at the Texas Tech University Health and Science Center and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Texas. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

Local construction management veteran Jay Labare has launched a commercial construction consulting firm providing professional services for project owners, designers and lending institutions.  Labare explains “at APEX Consulting, we are not architects, builders, construction managers or general contractors.

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