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On February 18th the Vermont Council on Rural Development presented the Vermont Community Leadership Award to the community leader who have led the renaissance of downtown St. Albans over the last few years. The award was presented at the Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

Locally owned and family-run Gordon’s Window Décor is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Conklin as President of the company, effective February 10, 2015.  She succeeds her father, Gordon Clements, who is retiring after founding the company in 1986.

Norwich University is honored to announce that former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole will deliver its 2015 commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, May 9.

Sen. Dole will receive an honorary degree from Norwich University.

The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Mutrux as artist and community programs manager. Mutrux brings to this position broad knowledge, experience, and training as an arts administrator. She is the founder and former executive director of The Art House in Craftsbury Common and has worked for Craftsbury Schools and Sterling College.

The Addison County Chamber’s board of directors has appointed Sue Hoxie as its new president. Sue has served in the role of interim president since October 1st when her predecessor, Andy Mayer, relocated to Washington State. Sue has been with the Chamber since 2008 as its Marketing & Communications Director.

Bruce Bernier, Senior Lender and Senior Vice President of Merchants Bank announces the expansion of Merchants Bank’s home lending division and three additions to the staff.

Michael Huyler, a resident of Sheldon Springs, Vt., recently received a $2,000 scholarship from the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors Education Foundation.

Grace Cottage Foundation announced today that Patricia Mack of Grafton, Vermont, has been elected to its Board of Directors. Born in and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mack graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Interior Design. She worked as a designer at Ethan Allen in Connecticut, and later ran her own interior decorating company.

Vermont’s Women Business Owners Network (WBON), an organization that connects and cultivates leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners, is pleased to announce the election of four new board members, and a new slate of officers.

Veteran Kurn Hattin teacher Tom Fontaine has taken over as Acting Principal  of the school at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Fontaine stepped in to fill the position following the passing of former Principal and long-time Kurn Hattin educator, Tom Fahner, who lost an extended battle with cancer in January.

 In January, Goddard College named faculty member Ju-Pong Lin as the new Program Director of its low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) Program.

The Addison County Chamber’s board of directors has appointed Sue Hoxie as its new president. Sue has served in the role of interim president since October 1st when her predecessor, Andy Mayer, relocated to Washington State. Sue has been with the Chamber since 2008 as its Marketing & Communications Director.

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