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Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won 14 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better Newspaper Competition, including top honors for its reporting and writing, website, headline writing, design and presentation, and video journalism. The paper also won nine second-place awards and four third-place awards — 27 total.

Saint Michael’s College journalism Professor Traci Griffith was elected to the Executive Committee of the National American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Board during a late-January meeting in Atlanta.

Community College of Vermont (CCV) has announced that long-serving state administrator Andy Pallito will join its team as Dean of Administration. Pallito comes to CCV with 30 years of leadership experience in a variety of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies.

Southern Vermont College (SVC) will honor Nicholas T Pinchuk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snap-on Incorporated, at the College’s 91st Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12. In April 2007, Pinchuk became president and chief operating officer, as well as a member of the board of directors, at Snap-on Incorporated.

NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement and individual private client solutions, has announced that Lois Deitz has joined its team in Rutland as an Account Manager for personal insurance. In her new role, Deitz will be responsible for maintaining excellent customer relations in the personal lines segments.

First developed in Germany, Passive House is a quality standard for energy efficiency that  results in ultra-low energy buildings.  Passive House buildings focus on insulation, windows, building orientation, and ventilation systems to produce structures that require very little energy to heat and cool.

The Vermont Mountaineers announced today the hiring of Andrew Whalen, a senior at Lyndon State College as their play-by-play broadcaster for the 2018 NECBL baseball season. Whalen was an anchor for News7, the college’s fully functioning newsroom, during his tenure at Lyndon State. In addition to his journalism degree, Whalen will also graduate with an Associates in Business Administration.

Secretary of State Jim Condos and Deputy Secretary Chris Winters travelled to DC this past weekend to attend the annual National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2018 Winter Conference.

Seema Jaipal, a P4 student at the Vermont Campus of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), will represent the college for the second consecutive year at the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition to be held in Nashville, TN, in March. Jaipal earned her spot in the national event after winning a local competition.

The Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lauren Hierl has been named Executive Director. Hierl has served as the VCV Political Director since 2014.

Kinney Pike Insurance has added Brittany Hollman as their new Media and Communications Specialist. Brittany is based out the Williston office but provides statewide support for the agency. Brittany joins Kinney Pike Insurance with experience in the media and communications industry and a BS in Public Relations and Event Management from Champlain College.

NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) announced the promotions of Tyler Fontaine and Jeremy Randall to Assistant Operations Team Manager to help supervise the operations teams, and coordinate efforts with the company’s maintenance, IT, and gas supply departments.

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