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The Vermont Community Foundation is proud to announce Ben and Rosalie Harris as the 2009 David G. Rahr Community Service Award recipients. The St. Johnsbury couple has worked tirelessly and humbly on their community’s behalf for many years.

Climate prediction is one of the research areas of Chris Danforth, assistant professor of applied mathematics at the University of Vermont, in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. is featured in the Summer 2009 issue of Pontiac Performance Magazine. The blog is authored by local PR professional, Rachel Carter, founder and owner of Vermont based public relations and publicity services company, Rachel Carter PR.

Lund Family Center elected Matthew J. Carter to its Board of Trustees this summer. Carter is Vice President and Manager of the Loan Resolution Department at Chittenden Bank, a division of People’s United Bank; he also serves as the bank’s Environmental Compliance Officer.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs have announced that Zachary Manchester has joined their firm. Manchester has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an Associate Accountant I. Manchester is a graduate of Champlain College with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. He is currently preparing for the CPA exam.

Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuestR Group, Inc., is pleased to announce today that Nick J. Todisco has been hired as a Shop Technician to work in the Burlington office. Todisco previously worked for 25 years for Airport Grocery, a family business. He lives in the Burlington area

Lang McLaughry Spera is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Pat Palmer to its team of sales professionals in the firm's South Burlington office. Mary Pat has been a licensed REALTORR for the past 3 years. Prior to becoming a REALTORR, she helped launch Vermont Home Style Magazine and worked as the company's Advertising Sales Executive.

Michael Schweizer has been hired as the dosimetrist at Central Vermont Medical Center’s National Life Cancer Treatment Center.

Dawn Tye of the Hannaford Supermarket on Dorset Street, South Burlington, bested other competitors to become the 2009 Vermont “Best Bagger.” The competition took place September 12 during the Vermont Food Industry’s annual convention and expo at the Miller Expo Centre at the Champlain Valley Exposition.

NRG Systems, Inc., manufacturer of wind measurement equipment for the global wind energy industry, announces the promotion of long-time employee, Julia Austin, to the position of technical support manager.

The Vermont Grocers' Association has elected Darcy Nutter of Price Chopper Supermarkets as its new Chair. Darcy is a zone manager for the family owned chain with responsibility for their southern Vermont stores as well as their New Hampshire markets and some of their New York locations.

Lyndon State College Professor John DeLeo, who heads up the College’s GIS/GPS program, was recently certified as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). This designation certifies that DeLeo meets the ethical and professional standards set by the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute.