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The Jan Eastman Excellence in Leadership Award was presented to Hal Cohen, executive director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council, at this year’s June graduation ceremony of the Vermont Leadership Institute (VLI) at Basin Harbor Resort in Vergennes, Vermont.

Alexandria resident, the Honorable Robert E. White, former Ambassador to Paraguay and to El Salvador, and a 1952 graduate of Saint Michael's College, was named recipient of the highest honor given to a Saint Michael’s graduate, the Col. Cook Award.

Engelberth Construction, Inc. with offices in Colchester, Vermont and Keene, New Hampshire is pleased to announce that five Foremen - Ron Ashley, Phil Bissonette, Corey Cook, Terry Lafland and Eric Palmer have recently been promoted to Project Superintendents/Supervisors.

The appointment of Rich Amato as Interim Principal and Lashawn Whitmore-Sells as Interim Assistant Principal at Hunt Middle School for next year has been announced. These appointments were confirmed by the Board Tuesday night.

Healthy Living Market and Café is happy to announce the addition of two registered dietitians to its family of experts specializing in health and wellness. Kimberly Evans and Leslie Langevin from Whole Health Nutrition will be in-store every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning June 22 to offer customers 15 minute consultations at no charge.

Brian Mital and Geeda Searfoorce, both longtime employees of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, will leave the Festival in August.

People’s United Bank announced that Zach Smith has been appointed as a Business Insurance Account Executive with People’s United Insurance Agency.

Red River announced three strategic hires immediately augmenting its presence in the Northeast enterprise market. Rick Scott, former Business Development Manager at Windstream and Jon Provost, former Account Manager at Level 3 Communications have joined the team as regional Account Executives.

The Vermont Specialty Food Association has elected Jack Gilbert as President. Gilbert owns and operates Gringo Jack’s, a popular restaurant in Manchester, VT and producer of tortilla chips, salsa and related products. Also elected were Laurie Callahan of Cabot Creamery as Vice President and Bob Christoffel of Creative Labels as Secretary-Treasurer.

Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce its new production manager is John James.

University of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin, III, M.D., and Fletcher Allen Health Care President and CEO John R.

Yestermorrow Design/Build School’s Executive Director Kate Stephenson has been selected as a 2012 Aspen Environment Forum Scholar. The Forum Scholars will attend the fifth annual Aspen Environment Forum June 22-25, 2012 in Aspen, CO, which will explore the theme Living in the New Normal.

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