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Six new employees have joined the staff at Seven Days, Vermont’s largest independent weekly newspaper, over the past few months. The new hires include two staff writers, a marketing and events manager, a production manager, a designer and a sales assistant.

PayData Payroll Services, Inc, a locally owned and operated Vermont company, has announced the hiring of Louise Ticehurst as Client Services Manager.
Louise brings a wealth of knowledge in management, customer service, payroll and financial experience to lead PayData’s Client Service Team.

Keith Pillsbury was unanimously re-elected as the Burlington School Board Chair at the April 1st, 2012 Commissioner's Meeting. Commissioner Pillsbury has served on the Board since 1987. In his acceptance speech, he noted "I appreciate the Board’s vote of confidence.

KeyBank has announced that Brigitte Ritchie has been named director of community relations and public affairs for the Vermont District. She is responsible for Key’s charitable giving in Vermont and providing a strong community presence and positive image for Key in Vermont. Ritchie is based in Key’s Vermont District headquarters office at 149 Bank Street in Burlington.

On Thursday, April 5, in front of a sold out crowd of over 430 business leaders, the Burlington Business Association (BBA) announced the two newest appointments to its Board of Directors. Kathleen Shirling, of People’s United Bank, and Zandy Wheeler, of the SkiRack, were both in attendance at the BBA Dinner and Annual Meeting, where the appointment became official.

Rick MiIliken, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington has announced that Katelynn Audette has been honored as 2011 Manager of the Year at the hotel’s annual awards ceremony. Audette is the manager of Trader Duke’s Restaurant and has been employed at the hotel in various positions since 2005.

Freeman French Freeman has hired Brian Leet of Montpelier as Project Architect. Brian joins the firm with 15 years of design and project management experience in Vermont and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a passion for sustainable design and has worked on several high-profile LEED-certified projects including UVM’s Aiken Center and the NRG Systems headquarters in Hinesburg, Vermont.

Basin Harbor Club welcomed two additions to their professional staff this winter. Rodney Rehwinkel joins the resort as Executive Chef, and PGA Professional Paul Meunier will head up the golf program. Both men bring over 30 years of experience in their respective fields to Basin Harbor Club.

Carol Carruth was awarded the Legendary Service Award for consistently delivering a level of service above and beyond customer’s expectations at Otter Creek Awnings, Sunrooms & Custom Closets in Williston, Vermont. Carol Carruth has been part of the Otter Creek team for five years in the role of Sales and Design for the Custom Closet Division.

Mia Lanpher has been promoted to Massage Manager for Stowe Village Massage, located on Depot Street. In this capacity, Mia will oversee the staff of trained, certified massage therapists whose number one priority is to help guests reinvigorate in body as well as spirit.

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a change in ownership of Almost Home Market in Bristol. The new owners are Beth Marr and Gary Smith, residents of Vergennes and Bristol, respectively. Gary, a long-time Bristol resident, is an excellent chef, gardener and wine buyer.

Chad Weber, a software engineering major, took first place in the SANS 2012 NetWars hacking tournament, a computer and network security challenge designed to represent real-world security issues, their flaws and their resolutions. Each player follows an independent path based on individual problem solving skills, technical skills, aptitude, and creativity.