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Perri Freeman, a community organizer and home care provider, is announcing her candidacy for Burlington’s Central District city council seat. Freeman, 27, will seek the Progressive Party endorsement for the council seat at the party’s January 6th, 2019 caucus. The caucus is from 6-8PM at the Sustainability Academy on North Street in Burlington.

United Way of Northwest Vermont has hired Sarah Allerton as Working Bridges Resource Coordinator. In her new role, Sarah will work with employers in the Working Bridges Employer Collaborative, connecting with local employees at their work sites.

David Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank is pleased to announce that Stacie W Griffiths has been selected for the Branch Manager position at its new Jericho branch located at 368 VT Route 15. Currently under construction, the bank’s nineteenth full service branch is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

After 26 years of successfully serving clients in Vermont, Mortgage Financial will cease to operate as of January 1, 2019. Former Vice President of Mortgage Financial, Mark Chaffee, CMP is happy to announce that he and his colleagues and staff will continue to provide the same quality lending services as they join Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corporation. 

The American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter (AIAVT) announced the recipients of its 2018 Excellence in Architecture Design Awards Program at its annual meeting held on December 13, 2018 at The Engine Room in White River Junction.

Accel-VT, a business accelerator providing support, mentorship, and access to capital for early stage companies committed to climate economy innovation, announced the winners of the latest Accel-VT Ag & Food Tech business cohort last week at Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in South Burlington, VT.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Board of Trustees elected two new physician members during the Board’s meeting Dec 6-7, 2018. Dr Jocelyn Chertoff and Dr Kurt K Rhynhart will serve a three-year term beginning on Jan 1, 2019.

Col Matthew T Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police, is pleased to announce the following promotion: Lt Scott Dunlap, commander of the Major Crime Unit-South, to captain/Major Crime Unit Commander at Headquarters. The promotion is effective Jan 6, 2019.

Krystyna Davenport Brown, who has served Saint Michael’s College as associate vice president for development since November 2017, started work December 19 as the College’s new vice president for institutional advancement.

Col Matthew T Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police, is pleased to announce the following promotion: Capt Dan Trudeau, commander of the Major Crime Unit, to major/Criminal Division Commander at Headquarters. He will take sole command of the division effective Dec 23, 2018.

Joseph L Choquette III of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has been presented the Matthew Lyon Award for his lifetime commitment to the First Amendment and the public’s right to know the truth in Vermont.

The Vermont Press Association honored Choquette at its annual awards banquet Thursday, Dec 13 at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier.

Leisa Pollander, Executive Director of Sara Holbrook Community Center, is happy to announce that Lindsay Hennekey has joined the Center’s Board of Directors. “We are very lucky that Lindsay has time and talent to give on behalf of the Center. Her commitment to kids and families and to community service will serve us well!”