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Barbara Brody of Underhill, a driver education teacher at Peoples Academy in Morrisville, recently received the nation’s highest award for excellence in driver and traffic safety education, the Richard Kaywood Memorial Award.

The National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) has awarded Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding the Jessie M. Unruh Award. The award recognizes an active state treasurer’s outstanding service to the profession, the association, and service to his or her state.

Daryl Kenny of Bennington has been named Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont. In her new position, Kenny will develop, implement and evaluate a yearly calendar of activities and programs for and with alumni.

Governor Douglas today announced the appointment of Chad Schmidt as Bennington County Sheriff. Schmidt replaces Gary Forrest who retired after 24 years as Sheriff.
“I want to extend my congratulations to Chad,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “I believe he has the experience and skill to keep our communities safe.”

The State Board of Education elected new officers at its September 15, 2009 meeting, the Department of Education announced today. Fayneese Miller of South Burlington was elected Board chair, Ruth Stokes of Williston will continue serving as co-vice-chair, along with Kathy Larsen of Wilmington as second vice-chair.

Craig Divis, a high school social studies teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, was named by the State Board of Education as the 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held today at the school.
Also honored were:

Toof was previously a Human Relations Specialist at Terex Cranes Wilmington in North Carolina. She was originally from St Albans and is glad to be returning home to be nearer to her family. She enjoys soccer, country music and the Dallas Cowboys.

Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest® Group, Inc., is pleased to announce today that Christopher P. Lubinski, joins the team as Toner Distribution Coordinator. Mr. Lubinski was previously employed as a technician at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington.

Theresa Ferrara of Essex, a veteran agent at Attacca Realty of South Burlington has recently expanded her focus to include relocation properties for companies and their executive staff. Theresa services Chittenden County and the 5 surrounding counties. Please visit for more information.

CENTURY 21 Jack Associates is pleased to announce that Ellen Lee, of South Burlington is the newest member of their Award winning Sales Team. Ellen was an integral force at her husband’s Restaurant, The Silver Palace Restaurant also in South Burlington where she provided excellent customer service for more than 16 years.

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named Sugarbush Chef Gerry Nooney Chef of the Year. The award recognizes Nooney’s history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy through the use of local food and products.

Don Hirsch of the Don Hirsch Design Studio, LLC Montpelier, VT was recently admitted into the American Society of Theatre Consultants. The American Society of Theatre Consultants provides guidance and support in the planning, design, and equipping of theatres, concert halls, and facilities used for public assembly and the presentation of the performing arts.