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Lang McLaughry Spera, Vermont and Northern New Hampshire’s premier real estate company, is pleased to welcome Laurie Mecier to its team of sales associates in the firm's Rutland office.

Sam Palmisano of Pulcinella’s in South Burlington took home the title of the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley for the second year in a row. Palmisano competed against chef Robert Barral of Café Provence and JJ Vezina of the Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub in an Iron Chef competition using all fresh Vermont produce, cheese and proteins donated by area farmers.

Geoff Akiki, Chair of the Board of Directors of New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU), announced today that CEO David T. Bard will be retiring, effective January 2010. Bard assumed the position of CEO in 1986.

Far Post Soccer Club, a premier soccer organization in Vermont, announces changes in its management structure designed to enhance both the on-field experience and the day-to-day operations of the club. Effective Sept.

After over 20 years in the music industry, Joe Gittleman, bassist and producer for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, is bringing his experience to the Lyndon State College Music Business and Industry program.

Paul Frank + Collins P.C. is honored that a shareholder and director of the firm, Tristram J. Coffin, has been appointed U.S. Attorney for Vermont.  He was confirmed on August 7, 2009 by the United States Senate after President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Coffin for the position on June 4, 2009 at the recommendation of Senator Patrick J. Leahy.

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP is pleased to announce that Kelly Murray has accepted the position of Manager in the firm’s Audit Practice. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration degree from Trinity College of Vermont. Kelly most recently was an Audit Senior Manager at KPMG in Burlington.

Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has added a fourth specialist in an area where demand for local and regional care is great – podiatry.

KeyBank recently hired Dorothy Torro Claflin as Financial Advisor for the Vermont district’s Key Investment Services team. Claflin serves clients in northwestern Vermont. She works from offices at 149 Bank Street in Burlington and at the Taft Corners KeyBank branch in Williston.

Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest Group, Inc., is pleased to announce today that Jodie M. Toof has joined the company as a Contract Administrator.

Dr. David McGough, an educator with 25 years experience in secondary and postsecondary education, has joined the faculty of Johnson State College. He begins the fall semester as an associate professor in the department of education, where he will teach 
Educational Psychology, Education Research, and Adolescent Development.

Elizabeth Powell, a highly published poet and the recipient of more than a dozen writing honors, has joined the faculty at Johnson State College. She will start the fall semester as an assistant professor in the department of writing and literature, where she will teach Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing, and College Writing

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