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Laura Hall, 21, of South Burlington was crowned Miss Vermont 2009 at the historic Barre Opera House last week. Hall is a senior at Assumption College, studying Organizational Communication. She performed a jazz dance to “Almost Like Being in Love” in the talent portion of the competition. Hall has chosen “Youth Empowerment – Leaders of Today” as her platform for her year of service.

Students and teachers from 16 high schools in Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Puerto Rico will be in Saint Michael's College biology labs and area streams, June 28 to July 2, to learn cutting-edge techniques in streams ecology. In the 2nd annual Streams Project High School Program sponsored by Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Vt.

Competitive Computing (C2), a business technology firm located in Colchester, is pleased to announce its 2009 internship program.

One plans to bring new services to a low-income Hispanic community. Another wants to revitalize a small town devastated by a tornado. A third plans to offer new job training to the unemployed. Yet another wants to assist those on the verge of financial disaster.

Three Lyndon State professors have attained the designation most sought after by college and university educators; they have been granted tenure. This year, two of those were also promoted.

The North Country Animal League’s Board of Trustees announced that Deb Fennell was hired as Executive Director. Fennell has over 20 years leadership experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors as director of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club, camp director of YWCA of Vermont’s Camp Hochelaga and camp director of Windridge Camp at Teela-Wooket.

Fourteen of the 37 senior attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin are recognized in the recently published Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2009, and the firm is ranked in the top tier in all five practice areas the organization ranks in Vermont. Selections were based on extensive research, including peer and client evaluations, conducted each year by Chambers.

On May 30, 2009 the Green Mountain Club (GMC) elected new officers and awarded four Honorary Life Memberships and a President’s Award. The awards were presented at the Green Mountain Club’s 99th annual meeting at its new Visitor Center on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe.

On a handshake and a promise, orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Minsinger committed to providing the Randolph area community 25 years of service.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency announced the selection of Paul Stewart, President of Stewart Property Management, Bedford, N.H., as the new owner of Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls.

Administrators of the Middlebury College Fellowships in Environmental Journalism recently announced ten fellowship recipients for 2009. The program, in its third year, is designed to support intensive, year-long reporting about environmental issues by journalists at the start of their careers.

The Copley Health Systems Board of Trustees welcomes three new trustees – Bryce Breton, an attorney from Morrisville; Elaine Nichols, an attorney from Stowe; and Nancy Putnam, a C.P.A. from Jeffersonville.

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