Honors & Awards

Honors and awards for Vermonters in business, professional, government, and nonprofit endeavors. In order of receipt.

Category notes: Website Honors and Print Honors and Awards.

September 2017

Marty Kulczyk, co-proprietor at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, announced that the facility has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year. The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the TripAdvisor website in the past year. Recipients include accommodations, restaurants, and attractions across the world.

U.S. News & World Report named Rutland Regional Medical Center a Best Regional Hospital for 2017-18. Only 545 achieved this status out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide. RRMC was also named a Most Wired Hospital for 2017 by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. Recipients of this award are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. Rutland Women’s Healthcare, a department of RRMC, was awarded a Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence for Women’s Health Program by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Control Technologies Inc. with its Pro Patria Award. It is the highest level award that can be bestowed by an ESGR state committee, presented to the “most outstanding employer who has demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices.” The company was also recognized as a national semifinalist for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

State Rep. Carol Ode was chosen to participate in The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship. The 48 leaders in the class of 2017 hail from 32 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. The intensive six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp features sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities.

Aegis Renewable Energy was named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Aegis achieved a rank of 141 out of the top 500 solar companies nationwide, and the number 2 rank in the state of Vermont.

Encore Renewable Energy was recognized as a Top Solar Developer and Contractor by Solar Power World magazine. The company was ranked 30th in the solar developer category, 64th in the commercial scale contractor division, and achieved an overall rank of 162 out of the top 500.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty was named one of America’s Top 35 real estate firms based on service excellence by Quality Service Certification Inc. The 2017 QE Award measures and independently verifies excellence in the delivery of “the highest levels of customer satisfaction and service quality in real estate in North America,” and is divided into Top 5 (large), Top 10 (medium), and Top 20 (small) companies. Hickok & Boardman was named one of the Top 10 Medium Companies in the country.

Jess Peck, managing broker with RE/MAX North Professionals earned certification as a Pricing Strategy Advisor from the National Association of Realtors. The designation recognizes “professional expertise and competence, the test use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives.”

Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the House, appointed two commissioners to the Vermont Commission on Women. Marybeth Christie Redmond, a partner in the Vermont Story Lab project, which trains nonprofit communicators to weave storytelling through the fabric of their organizations, and Emilie Kornheiser, the early childhood action plan director at Building Bright Futures.

The Franklin County Home Health Agency’s Hospice Program was named a Superior Performer by Strategic Healthcare Program as part of its SHP Best recognition program. The rating is based on the scores the hospice program received for caregiver satisfaction in 2016. This is the inaugural year for the recognition, created to acknowledge home health and hospice providers that consistently provide high quality service.

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were recognized at a ceremony in August. They are: Agri-Mark, for its project that assessed and optimized plant-wide air usage; City Market, for its South End expansion project; Global Foundries, for reducing chemical usage and costs while increasing manufacturing productivity in the chemical mechanical polish operation; GS Precision, for work to develop a less volatile parts washer blend; Lewis Creek Association, for its project called Ahead of the Storm, which helps communities change their management of storm water; Maple Grove Farms, for its five-year waste-reduction project; and Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, for restoring shade trees to the towns. A Youth Award was given to the UVM Extension/Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment, for its teen-led environmental education program. Honorable Mention went to Select for reconstruction and renovation of a historic building.

Champlain College was featured in the 2018 Princeton Review’s “Best 382 Colleges,” naming the best institutions for undergraduate education. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the States are profiled in the book. Champlain was chosen because of its “outstanding academics,” according to the Princeton Review’s editor in chief.

Eleven attorneys at Paul Frank + Collins were named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America: Andrew A. Beerworth for workers’ compensation law; Nolan Burkhouse, insurance; Robert G. Cain, workers’ compensation; Robert S. DiPalma, commercial finance; Mark G. Hall, environmental and land use and zoning litigation; Kimberly H. Hayden, energy; Christopher J. Leff, tax; Shane McCormack, project finance, public finance, and securities/capital markets; Thomas R. Melloni, banking and finance, public finance; John T. Sartore, litigation — Bet-the-Company, commercial, antitrust, securities, personal injury, product, and product liability — and medical malpractice and professional malpractice law; and Kerin E. Stackpole, employment and labor law and litigation.

Tiffany Bluemle, director of Change the Story VT, received the 2017 Distinguished Citizen award from Champlain College. Bluemle shared her perspective and experiences with the members of the income first-year students as part of the college’s orientation weekend ceremonies. Bluemle has been a speaker at the college’s annual Women’s Empowerment Initiative and has led Change the Story VT, a multi-year, systemic approach to improving women’s economic opportunity, since 2015. Dr. Cyndi Brandenburg received the 2017 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship award, honoring her “dedication to students and Champlain College through her record of service and excellence in teaching and advising.” She is a neuroscientist who began teaching lab science courses at the college in 1999, and since 2007, has taught an array of integrated and inquiry-based courses.

August 2017

Two broadcast spots from Burlington-based video production company Urban Rhino were nominated for New England Emmy Awards. One was a PSA for the Vermont Department of Labor, and the other, a commercial for VSECU (Vermont State Employees Credit Union). Each was one of only seven spots nominated in its category.

Carmel Ewing, director of human resources at Cathedral Square Corp., passed the SHRM-CP exam and earned designation as a Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Eighteen attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin were recognized as leading lawyers by Chambers USA, and the firm is highly ranked in all areas of law for which it is evaluated, earning Band 1 status in a comparative analysis for corporate and commercial work, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate/land use. Retired litigator Robert Rachlin, associated with the Burlington office, and Peter B. Robb of the Brattleboro office are listed as Senior Statesmen in their respective fields, Rachlin for the 13th straight year. Other attorneys ranked, by practice area, are corporate/commercial attorneys Thomas H. Moody, Paul H. Ode Jr., William Roger Prescott, and David J. Sylvester; captive insurance attorney Kathleen H. Davis; intellectual property attorneys Peter B. Kunin and Lawrence H. Meier; labor and employment attorneys Timothy E. Copeland Jr., Johan W.E. Maitland, and Elizabeth Rattigan; litigation attorneys Marc B. Heath, Walter E. Judge Jr., and Robert Luce; and real estate/land use attorneys William J. Dodge, Scott Jaunich, and Peter D. Van Oot.

Gov. Phil Scott presented Gabriel DeJesus the Governor’s Citizen Action Award. The boy noticed smoke coming from Bob’s Cameras in downtown Barre while out on a drive with his parents, and insisted they call the fire department. The early response limited damage to the store and its contents.

The Vermont International Film Foundation created the VTIFF Community Champion Award to salute and thank those who help the organization fulfill its mission, and announced the first recipient: Maria Riggs, director of Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. As one of the first members of the Burlington Film Society, Riggs provided the Film House free of charge once a month for BFS screenings. She also sponsors one of the 10 days of the Vermont International Film Festival.

Howard Center’s Chittenden Clinic at San Remo Drive in South Burlington has been awarded a three-year accreditation, the highest level of accreditation, from CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human service organizations. The clinic also received a three-year recertification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

KeyBank was recognized by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as one of the most community-minded companies in the country. KeyBank was also designated a 2017 Sector Leader in Financials by the organization.

DuBois & King announced that Steve Dumas, P.E., CxA, CPMP, LEED AP, has achieved certification as a Commissioning Authority (CxA). The certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and recognized by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings program. It certifies professionals who manage and implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings. Dumas is manager of DuBois & King’s mechanical engineering department and works in the South Burlington office.

The Franklin County Home Health Agency honored Traci Osterhoudt, medical social worker, as the recipient of the Patricia A. Dean Award, established by the board of directors for staff to recognize the contributions their peers made. In their nominations, staffers noted that Osterhoudt is “always there for clients and staff” and that “She always does her work with a smile and shows tremendous patience.”

Hergenrother Realty Group, a division of Adam Hergenrother Companies, was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends for the fifth year in a row. The team is now a member of The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, a national awards ranking sponsored annually by REAL Trends, and is now ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.25 million Realtors nationwide.

Callie Froebel, RN, received Central Vermont Medical Center’s third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in a surprise, standing room–only ceremony. She was nominated anonymously. CVMC is part of The University of Vermont Health Network.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture named Union Bank its Vermont Guaranteed Lender of the Year for the fourth year running, reflecting the bank’s “dedication to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership” and its commitment to customer service.

Joseph L. Choquette III, external affairs manager at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, was named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 in recognition of his dedication and service to the Rotary Club of Montpelier. It was presented at the first club meeting of the new year in July by outgoing President Susan Kruthers.

New Life Hiking Spa was selected as the number 2 Destination Spa in America, a fraction of a point behind the number 1–rated Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. New Life first appeared on the list in 2016 as the number 1 spa, making it the first year an affordable, seasonal destination spa ever made it to the top 10.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Vermont Army National Guard in Jericho with a Federal Green Challenge Award, which recognizes the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources, and reduce costs. In the Waste category, the Guard increased its composting efforts by 2,217 percent from the previous year, saving nearly $4,000 in tipping fees.

St. Michael’s College is featured in the 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a selective guide to noteworthy schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The 2018 edition includes only 321 schools based on factors such as academic quality and student life. St. Michael’s has appeared in several successive issues of the guide.

Marcia Merrill was re-elected to a fifth term as chair of the Vermont Commission on Women. She is a Certified Public Accountant and recently retired from Montgomery & Merrill PC, her female-owned public accounting firm in Burlington. She has served in board positions for a variety of community and not-for-profit organizations that focus on women’s and family issues.

The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, an association of in-house physician recruitment professionals, announced that Sarah Child, the manager of physician services at The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center, has earned ASPR Fellowship Certification, FASPR. It consists of three modules with corresponding exams leading to the certification. Child has been at CVMC since 2007.

Twin Farms of Barnard and Rabbit Hill Inn of Waterford were named to Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World.” The rankings were based on results from the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards survey. Twin Farms, an all-inclusive five-star experience for adults only, is ranked at 15 and Rabbit Hill Inn, a luxurious 19-room bed and breakfast that caters to adults, came in at number 30. They were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, for the Northeastern United States. Only 27 properties from the United States made the rankings. Twin Farms is rated as the number 5 property in the United States, and Rabbit Hill Inn rates as number 6.

July 2017

The University of Vermont Health Network-Central Vermont Medical Center gave its second DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Amy Cisz, RN, in a surprise ceremony. Cisz earned the honor for her role in helping a severely mentally ill patient who arrived in the emergency department with multiple physical, hygiene, and emotional care needs.

Howard Center’s career connections supported employment program for adults with mental health challenges received high marks from the Vermont Department of Mental Health. The report cited the program for its “concerted efforts to adhere closely to the components of evidence-based supported employment and for its commitment to continuous quality improvement so that it may offer the best services possible for people.”

The UVM Alumni Association chose Lewis R. First, M.D., for its 2017 Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award. First is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. The award honors one full-time UVM faculty member for excellence in teaching and extraordinary contributions to the enrichment of campus life.

Tina Emilo-Dragon, insurance agent for NFP P&C in Middlebury, earned the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society. She is an 11-year veteran of the insurance industry.

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced its 2016 clinical and non-clinical Employees of the Year went to Matthew Morse, RN, operating room (Clinical) and Betty Wos, assistant in the emergency department (Non-Clinical).

Andrew Carlson, hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator at the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region, was named 2016 Employee of the Year. Laura Gillis, Scott Tommola, Roxanne Kalifen, Wendy Daley, Patty Andrews, and Susie Senecal were honored as the HEALTH Matters award winners. Arlene Ladd and Colleen More were named Unforgettable Employees.

The career of Beth Sachs, co-founder in 1986 of Vermont Energy Investment Corp., was honored by the organization for her 30-plus years of service. She retired as executive director in 2016, but continues with VEIC as a voting member of the board of directors.

Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) staff attorney Sean Londergan was chosen as Vermont’s state long-term care ombudsman, leading the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project, a team of six regional ombudsmen and local volunteers. He worked at Vermont Legal Aid from 2005 through 2009 before leaving to be legislative counsel for the Vermont General Assembly, then working for the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration and the Department of Financial Regulation. He returned to LA in 2014.

The Vermont Association of Broadcasters announced the winners of its annual Commercial of the Year competition. WVNY-TV took Best in Show, and the Radio Best in Show Award went to WCPV-FM. WVNY also won first place in the public service announcement category. Its sister station, WFFF-TV, captured first place in the commercial category. WIZN-FM took two first-place awards: for best radio commercial and best promo. Rutland radio station WJJR won first for the best public service announcement. Urban Rhino advertising agency won for best agency TV commercial. Mt. Mansfield Media placed first in the agency TV public service announcement category. WCAX-TV was presented with first place for best TV promo.

The Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center recognized local leaders with $2,500 scholarships in their name to support students in the 2018 MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program: Edward Borrazzo, M.D.; Michael Corrigan, M.D.; Patricia Donehower, RN, MSN; Mary Hartman; Nancy LaVarnway, M.Ed.; and Mildred Reardon, M.D.

Benjamin A. Russell, CFP, CRPC, APMA, and Seth N. Blanchard, CRPC, APMA, CLTC, of Russell, Blanchard & DuBois, qualified for Ameriprise Financial Services’ Circle of Success annual recognition program, having established themselves as two of the company’s top advisors.

Mercy Connections honored Lisa Ventriss, president and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable, with its Catherine McAuley Award for living and modeling the values of mercy and lifelong service to others.

For the third consecutive year, Kinney Pike Insurance received the E&O Plus Quality Management Award, presented to insurance agencies demonstrating outstanding devotion to quality management in serving clients and a commitment to excellence in the area of Errors & Omissions prevention and mitigation.

Merritt & Merritt announced that the firm, as well as H. Kenneth Merritt Jr. and Sharon J. Merritt, were listed in this year’s Chambers USA. The corporate and IP boutique firm is ranked in the corporate/commercial category, and Ken Merritt is designated a notable practitioner. Sharon Merritt is designated a notable practitioner in the intellectual property category.

Hallam-ICS received a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The award is part of the Society for Human Resources Management’s When Work Works project, which helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

The Alchemist was recognized with an award for the Green Mountain Water Environment Association for its new brewery in Stowe. The Alchemist was nominated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Steve Miller, lead cellar and water operator for The Alchemist was on hand in Killington to receive it.

The 2017 edition of Chambers USA recognized 10 attorneys at Dinse Knapp & McAndrew. The litigation and real estate groups received the highest possible ranking; the intellectual property practice was named a Noteworthy practice, and the corporate/commercial group was top-ranked The attorneys recognized are Afi Ahmadi, David Gurtman, Brian R. Murphy, Jeffrey J. McMahan, Amy M. McLaughlin, Jeffrey J. Nolan, Karen McAndrew, Ritchie Berger, Austin Hart, and Molly Langan.

Jeffrey T. Moreau, MPA, director of development for Northwestern Medical Center, was reappointed a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International. Moreau has over 25 years’ experience in the fundraising profession.

June 2017

Efficiency Vermont received a 2017 Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery award from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The 97 Sustained Excellence winners across the country “have demonstrated continued leadership over several years in the ENERGY STAR program and in achieving environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.”

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced its 2017 Hospitality Awards. Named Chef of the Year was Ian Huizenga of the Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Co. in Vergennes for having “a proven history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy using local food and products.” Restaurateur of the Year went to Holmes and Beal Jacobs and Megan Brady, owners of the Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury for continuing to “demonstrate excellence in restaurant operations and management.” The Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year was presented to Gary Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The award honors continued demonstration of excellence in the operation and management of a Vermont bed and breakfast, inn, hotel, or resort. Laurie Callahan of Cabot Creamery was named the 2017 Tourism Partner of the Year for her leadership in supporting and promoting the hospitality industry in Vermont.

Brian Walker, vice president of PC Construction’s water treatment business segment, was named a 2017 Top Young Professional by Engineering News Record. Walker is one of only nine construction professionals under age 40 in New England so honored.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development joined with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to announce that the town of Pownal was selected as the first to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The goal is to transform Pownal into a “climate-smart” community by “implementing comprehensive efficiency efforts, transportation system improvements, renewable energy generation, entrepreneurship, and business incubation to spur economic progress.”

The Green Electronics Council, managers of the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) ecolabel, honored the State Electronics Challenge, a Brattleboro program of the Northeast Recycling Council, with its 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award. The State Electronics Challenge enables state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other entities, to purchase and manage IT products in an environmentally sound manner.

The Union of Concerned Scientists ranked Vermont second in the nation for Clean Energy Momentum, highlighting the state’s success in developing a clean-energy economy. Only California ranked higher. States were scored on 12 metrics in three broader areas of technical progress, direct visible effects on daily lives, and policies to build momentum for the future. Vermont earned top-five scores in energy savings, electric vehicle adoption, and energy-efficiency policy, and 10 top-10 appearances, the most of any state.

The Vermont Green Building Network announced the winners of the 2016 Greenest Building Awards competition. The Dinnan/Webster residence in Charlotte, designed and built by Fiddlehead Construction, was named Vermont’s Greenest Residential Building. The single-family home consumes only 16 percent of the average energy used by a New England home. The Hartford Town Hall renovation, designed and built by Bread Loaf Corp., was named Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building. It was originally built as a school in 1895, and converted to a town office in 1956. The net-zero ready building consumes only 24 percent of the energy used by the average commercial building in New England. The Vermont’s Greener Residential Building award was presented to Mills 21st Century Farmhouse, designed by a Boston firm. A super-insulated, passive solar Greek Revival farmhouse consumes only 27 percent of the average consumption of a New England home. Pleasants Home, a high-performance modular home designed and built by VERMOD, was named Vermont’s Going Green Residential Building, and uses about 44 percent of the average consumption of a New England home. It was also awarded the 2016 People’s Choice Award.

David and Jenny Stoner received the Vermont Woodlands Association’s 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award. The Stoners’ 361-acre Certified Tree Farm in Greensboro was nominated for the Stoners’ “commitment to their woodlot and woodlands, and for the stewardship ethic they embody.”

Morgan Stanley announced that Lucinda M. Bain, a senior vice president and wealth advisor in its wealth management office in the greater Burlington area, was named to the firm’s Century Club, an elite group composed of the firm’s top financial advisors. The appointment recognizes Bain’s “consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to her clients.”

The KidSafe Collaborative announced it annual Outstanding Service awards for 2017: Holly Morehouse of Vermont Afterschool, Outstanding Professional; Kelsey Francis-Fath of Lund, Outstanding Promising Professional; Tracey Wagner of The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, the Gregory Packan Esq. Award for Outstanding Children’s Advocacy; Ridmi Coe of VT Youth Development Program & FosterClub, Outstanding Volunteer; Chittenden County Children’s Integrated Services intake team, Outstanding Collaboration; and Don Wright of Very Merry Theatre, Lifetime Achievement.

Of the 33 types of law listed in the 2017 “Women of Influence” listings by The Best Lawyers in America, female attorneys at Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP were named in 14 categories, more than 42 percent of the total. And of the 53 individual listings, Langrock women occupied 20 spots, or more than 37 percent of the total. The six women are Alison J. Bell, Ellen Mercer Fallon, Emily J. Joselson, Susan M. Murray, Lisa B. Shelkrot, and Sarah Gentry Tischler. Shelkrot was also named the 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Construction Litigation. The law firm also announced that it was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms offering clients convenient access to quality legal expertise around the globe. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only.

Sterling Ridge Log Cabins in Jeffersonville was named Best Rustic Retreat in the Best of New England Editors’ Choice 2017 awards by Yankee magazine in its May/June issue. The magazine highlights nearly 200 of the editors’ favorite places for dining, lodging, and visiting throughout the New England states. The resort is owned by Scott and Sue Peterson.

Winooski Insurance was recognized by Ohio Mutual Insurance Group’s President and CEO Mark C. Russell as one of the company’s top 10 agencies for Outstanding Profitable Growth in 2016. Jeff Mongeon received the recognition on behalf of the agency at a recent company event in Maine.

Population Media Center’s book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot was named Outstanding Book of the Year at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Weighing in at over seven pounds, the book features more than 150 heart-wrenching images of the earth’s beauty and destruction. It depicts the realities of today’s inequality, ranging from income to gender to race.

May 2017

World Architecture News announced that LineSync Architecture has won its 2016 Small Spaces–Temporary award. Called Wheel Pad, it is a 200-square-foot accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be attached to an existing home. It is an affordable, eco-friendly, non-toxic, immediately available living space that offers privacy and supports the independence of individuals with mobility issues. This is the first international award for architect Joseph Cincotta and LineSync.

Kevin Macy, the owner of Finest Image Photography, received the National Award from the Vermont Professional Photographers Association. The award is offered by the Professional Photographers of America to state, regional, national, and international affiliated organizations annually. It recognizes persons who have “generously contributed their time and talents to the service of their profession, their affiliated organizations, and their fellow photographers.”

Kids VT took home the top writing prize at the Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition, the sixth consecutive year to be so honored. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design. Kids VT won the following awards in its size category: Gold, Overall Writing; Gold, Personal Essay; Gold, News Feature; Gold, Front Cover Illustration; Silver, General Excellence; and Bronze, Overall Design.

Rutland Regional Medical Center named James F. Cromie, M.D., FACS, of Rutland General Surgery the 2017 Physician of the Year, and Bethany Stack, PA-C, of Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, PA of the Year. Cromie, a general surgeon, was named “the physician who personifies the hospital’s core values and patient-centered model of care.” Stack was nominated for “her excellence in patient care, high degree of professionalism, and clinical expertise.”

Jay Fayette, senior vice president of PC Construction, was inducted into the Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame and honored with a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented to individuals “whose accomplishments are a reflection of the ideals of their college and the VSC system; who have provided exemplary service to Vermont; and whose accomplishments have made a significant, positive impact on their professions and communities.”

James D. Cohen of the Vermont General Office of New York Life received the office’s Agent of the Year award, which recognizes the “agent who has achieved the top production commissions among all agents at the company’s Vermont General Office within a calendar year.” Cohen has been a New York Life agent since 2002 and is affiliated with the Hadley Financial Group.

Michael Rainville, president and owner of Maple Landmark, was named 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was recognized for the company’s employment growth, financial success, expansion, and community involvement.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center earned the Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award highlighting efforts to promote employee health. The award recognizes Vermont employers who have made healthy behaviors a priority. CVMC was also named one of the nation’s Top Rural Community Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association.

Otter Creek Awnings received First Place in Dealer Sales in 2016 from KE Durasol Awning Co., the supplier for Otter Creek.

Penrose Jackson, president of the UVM Alumni Association, received the Association for Community Health Improvements’ first Spirit of the Community Leadership Champion Award recognizing an individual in a leadership position “who has championed policies that have elevated the organization’s community health practices to benefit at-risk populations.”

The National Board of Trial Advocacy announced that Steven A. Bredice of the law firm Powell & Bredice PLC achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate.

The Nate Malley Team at Keller Williams Vermont announced that Elise Polli was named the 2016 Top Buyer’s Agent for KW VT for the second consecutive year. The Malley team was ranked second in total closed volume in 2016.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s industry-first All Suites portfolio, recognized John Cammarano at Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington as General Manager of the Year, and Homewood Suites Burlington as the Connie Pride Merit Award winner for its outstanding achievements in the last year.

Rich Gardner, co-owner of RE/MAX North Professionals, was presented the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring highly successful agents who have reached a certain number of sales. Jill Richardson of RE/MAX North received the Hall of Fame Award, which honors agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions in their careers. RE/MAX North recognized 22 associates for their sales achievements in 2016: Diamond Club, Rich Gardner; Platinum Club, Debbi Burton and Kathie Desautels; 100% Club: John Abry, Jim Cross, Bill Desautels, Patricia Desautels, Charlotte Gardner, Bonnie Gridley, Matt Hurlburt, Jill Richardson, Linda St. Amour, and Dorothy Vigil; Executive Club: Matt Bouffard, Lauren Cohen, Suzanne Johnson, Jackie Marino, Donna Mathieu, Jay McCormack, Ryan Miller, David Porteous, and Mikail Stein. Teams recognized were: Diamond Club, The Gardner Group; Platinum Club, The Condo Guy Team, Debbi Burton & Company, Team Desautels, and The Gridley Group; and 100% Club, The Matt Hurlburt Group. The following individuals and teams were named Top Producers on a State Level: Linda St. Amour, #1 individual by transaction sides and gross commission; Jill Richardson, #2 individual by transaction sides and gross commission; The Gridley Group, #1 team by transaction sides and #3 team by gross commission; Team Desautels #1 team by gross commission and #3 team by transaction sides; and Debbi Burton & Company #2 team by transaction sides and gross commission.

Gov. Phil Scott presented the most prestigious recognition awarded by the American Red Cross, the Certificate of Merit National Lifesaving Award, to Burlington resident Andrea Racek. The award is the organization’s highest award for people who have used the skills they learned in Red Cross courses to help save or sustain life. Racek’s certificate was initiated last year and signed by then-sitting President Barack Obama and American Red Cross Chair Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

The New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross and Co-operative Insurance Companies honored the following Vermonters who personify the Red Cross mission of service in local communities with Everyday Heroes Awards: Summer Stoutes, Tinmouth; Gregg Laber, St. Albans; Tess Kennedy, Montpelier; Richard Bernstein, Jericho; and Stephen Bova, Winooski.

Dutton Smith of HomeSmith Services LLC, an Addison County company that conducts pre-purchase home inspections, has been accepted as an ASHI Inspector by the American Society of Home Inspectors. ASHI is one of the oldest professional organizations of independent home inspectors in North America. Smith met rigorous professional and technical requirements and performed the required 75 fee-paid home inspections that met or exceeded the ASHI Standards of Practice.

Sarah Klein, human resource manager at Vermont Federal Credit Union, accepted the 2016 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award at the 2017 Worksite Wellness Conference. The awards highlight worksites around the state and their efforts to promote the health and wellness of employees. Klein and HR specialist Amanda Reid were recognized as outstanding individuals who played a crucial role in the credit union’s 2016 wellness program.

LandWorks received an Honor Award for its work in the development of South Burlington’s planned Dumont Park, which will provide a publicly accessible passive recreation space serving the city’s envisioned City Center downtown and surrounding areas. Other members of the multi-disciplinary team led by LandWorks include Engineering Ventures, North Woods Ecological Consulting, and ecological artist/designer Jackie Brookner. The park is planned for the lands surrounded by Iby Street, Market Street, and Dorset Street. It will serve people of all ages who seek the benefits of passive recreation in a wooded environment. With boardwalks and bridges over wetland areas, interpretive opportunities throughout the site, and an accessible path system oriented around a central space consisting of an outdoor classroom and natural play area, the park will present a range of nature-based education opportunities.

City Market was one of five stores in the nation to win a GreenChill award for Superior Goal Achievement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 2016. The program, in partnership with grocery stores across the country, works to reduce refrigeration emissions and improve their environmental impact.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center named Jane Hartzell, RN, its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recipient. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. Hartzell, a nurse with Central Vermont Urology on the CVMC campus, was nominated for her skill and compassion in caring for a patient who’d recently lost his beloved wife. She was nominated by the patient’s daughter, Karen Safford.

April 2017

Seven Days announced that journalist Candace Page was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame. Formerly of the Burlington Free Press, the Seven Days editor was recognized at the annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association. She was nominated by Paula Routley, publisher and co-editor, who spoke on her behalf at the dinner. Four others supported Page’s nomination: Angelo Lynn, publisher of the Addison County Independent; Terri Hallenbeck, Seven Days Statehouse reporter; Bill Howland, former Lake Champlain Basin Program director; and Mike Kilian, a former Free Press editor who is now news director at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Seven Days won 10 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better Newspaper Competition, including General Excellence and top honors for crimes and court reporting, video journalism, design, and human interest feature story. Staff writer Kymelya Sari was named Rookie of the Year for weekly newspapers in the six-state region. The publication’s 10 awards included: first place for General Excellence; first place, weekly newspaper Rookie of the Year; first place, Overall Design and Presentation; first place for Best Overall Website; two first-place awards for senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger’s weekly Web video series Stuck in Vermont — News Video for “Trumpnado Hits Burlington” and Entertainment Video for “Hanksville Mud Bog”; first place in Crimes and Courts Reporting to Mark Davis, who also won first place for his Human Interest Feature Story “Right in Rutland: Will Mayor Chris Louras Fall on his Sword for 100 Syrians?”; first place to Kymela Sari for Racial or Ethnic Issue Coverage for a story on hate-crime victim Fatuma Bulle; and first place for Right to Know to Terri Hallenbeck and Paul Heintz about the publication’s decision to contest subpoenas received as a result of the investigation of Sen. Norm McAllister.

Tim Carney, president of Vermont Wealth & Retirement LLC, earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation from the American College of Financial Services. Candidates must complete a minimum of three college-level courses and pass a series of two-hour proctored exams. They must also have three years of experience, meet stringent ethics requirements, and participate in the college’s continuing education program.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center was named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont presented its Best Builders Award for Outstanding Quality of Work and Effort for building new Net Zero Ready town offices in Middlebury. It is one of the first Net Zero Ready municipal buildings in the country, and is a modern structure that reflects the 19th-century architectural context of Middlebury’s historic village. It marks the primary entrance to the downtown from the west and provides attractive, day-lit spaces including the public lobby, public meeting rooms, and municipal offices.

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing announced that Vicky Tebbetts was elected chair of the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council. The council advises the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development on matters relating to state travel and recreation policy, travel and recreation promotion programs, and other programs overseen by the Department of Tourism and Marketing.

Vermont’s Supported Employment Program was named an Innovative Policy 2017 on Employment, Work, and Vocational Education and Training by the Zero Project, an initiative of the Austrian Essl Foundation organized jointly with the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre, which focuses on the rights of people with disabilities. Vermont’s delegation receiving the award in Vienna were Elizabeth Sightler, executive director of Champlain Community Services; Lisa Culbertson, director of supported employment services at Upper Valley Service; and Bryan Dague, research associate at UVM’s Center for Disability and Community Inclusion.

Dale Winslow, vice president of Magee Office Products in Randolph, announced that the company received the Savin Service of Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. The company, in business for over 60 years, has been recognized for its customer and technical service and has become a Pros Elite 100 Dealer.

Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU, was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank’s First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The council includes members from all the New England states and meets twice a year to advise the bank on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues.

The Best of New England wine competition announced the results of its first contest. Shelburne Vineyard and Stowe Cider each garnered top awards. Shelburne Vineyard’s 2015 LaCrescent earned the title of Best White Wine.

The 2017 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects elevated 178 AIA members to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Two of this year’s are Vermonters. William Maclay, FAIA, LEED AP, of Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, was named based on Category 2: “Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, or practice.” David Sellers, FAIA, of Sellers & Co. in Waitsfield, was named based on Category 1: “Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession.”

PC Construction received an Alliant Build America Award in the construction management renovation category, one of the highest honors from the Associated General Contractors of America. The award is for PC Construction’s work to rebuild the Waterbury State Office Complex. This is the third Alliant Build America Award the company has received.

Capstone Community Action announced that Mary Niebling, director of community economic development, was appointed to the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission. Capstone’s community economic development programs assist with the economic vitality of individuals and families through more than financial literacy coaching. They include volunteer income tax assistance, micro business development, a child care food program, and the Community Kitchen Academy in Barre.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging accepted Debra Gaylord, director of case management at Age Well, into its Leadership Institute. Age Well, the agency on aging serving northwestern Vermont, is an acclaimed program that provides skill building and guidance to professionals in the field of aging. This is the first in Age Well’s history that an individual has been accepted into the institute.

March 2017

Jay Peak Resort was fifth on Liftopia’s 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards. Voters specifically touted Jay’s “tremendous amount of back country” with “New England–style skiing at its best.” To compile the awards, Liftopia surveyed its audience of skiers and snowboarders, the largest online, to measure their enthusiasm on specific aspects of their favorite resorts.

The Love Light Compassion Foundation was one of three nonprofits prominently featured at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Tracy Appleton Tarrang, its founder and president, made the announcement. The foundation’s goal is to provide emergency financial assistance to patients and their families during a major medical crisis in the local and global communities.

The Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn & Conference Center received the Best Western Chairman’s Award, the chain’s highest honor for outstanding quality standards. The award recognizes the top 5 percent of more than 2,100 North American hotels and resorts for cleanliness and maintenance.

Burlington City Arts announced that Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher was presented the $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize. The award recognizes artists who produce significant work in the areas of visual arts, music, writing, drama, dance, film, and fine woodworking while also having a beneficent influence on the Vermont community. BCA also announced the 2017 winner of the Barbara Smail Award: artist Elise Whittemore. Whittemore is a painter/printmaker who makes a living as an editorial designer of books and magazines. She was awarded a $1,500 cash stipend and $1,000 worth of class registration and/or usage of the BCA Center’s studio facilities for one year.

Eight Vermont businesses received national Good Food Awards, chosen from 2,059 entrants and 291 finalists: Big Picture Farm for its Farmstead Chocolate Covered Caramels; Fat Toad Farm for Vanilla Bean Goats’ Milk Caramel Sauce; Grafton Village Cheese for Bear Hill Cheese; Green Jam Man for Honey Sage Pear Jam; Spring Brook Farm for Reading Cheese; Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont for Farm to Bar Tart Cherry Rich Simple Syrup; Vermont Amber Organic Toffee for Fennel Seed Toffee; and Vermont Creamery for Bonne Bouche, aged 100 percent goat’s milk cheese.

Lisa Ventriss, president and CEO of the Vermont Business Roundtable, will be this year’s recipient of Mercy Connections’ Catherine McAuley Award. The award honors a person “who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.” The award will be presented at a May luncheon chaired by Dawn Ellinwood, vice president for student affairs at St. Michael’s College.

Sterling College has been confirmed as the Top College in the United States that serves food on campus that is local, sustainable, humane, and fair trade. This is the third consecutive year the college has been named. The classification comes from the Real Food Challenge, which surveyed over 200 colleges and universities throughout the country. This year’s survey found that 65 percent of its food met the qualification for production methods. The survey also revealed that 53 percent of Sterling’s food comes from farms within a 150-mile radius of the college, which includes the 35 percent that comes from its own on-campus farm. The college has also received a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, ranking first in sustainability performance in Vermont and fourth in North America.

The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce honored former Sen. William Doyle at its first St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. National Life Group and Capstone Community Action are the sponsors of the event. Speakers were former Gov. James Douglas, Vermont historian Howard Coffin, Sen. Janette White, and former Sen. Vince Illuzzi.

Competitive Computing (C2) has earned Microsoft’s Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. The award pertains to the firm’s work with Microsoft’s Office 365 line of products and will allow C2 to access the latest Microsoft technology to help its customers run their businesses. To achieve the expert level, C2 had to demonstrate proficiency with customer implementations, including customer references, along with several technical certifications.

Vermont dairy farmers were recognized for producing high-quality milk at the Dairy Farmers’ Association banquet, hosted by the Vermont Dairy Industry Association. The overall highest quality milk award went to David Houde of St. Johnsbury; Walter Morse Jr. and Joseph Mahr of Wells River were first runner-up; and Ralph and Ann Lewis of Middletown Springs, second runner-up. Ninety-one dairies were nominated for quality awards. Lamphear Farm was named the 2016 Dairy Farm of the Year. Roger Albee, former Vermont secretary of agriculture, was presented The Finley Award, recognizing a “person whose character, dedication to Vermont agriculture and education, and accomplishments most closely resemble those goals, ideals, and achievements that were so important to John Finley, former deputy commissioner of agriculture.”

White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors announced that Gail Henderson-King received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. The certification is a professional credential given to individuals who complete NDC’s economic development finance training series. Henderson-King is a senior project manager at the firm.

Kinney Pike Insurance announced its top producers for 2016. Nicole Cattabriga, based in the White River Junction office, won the 2016 Barwood Sales Achievement Award for personal lines insurance. Peter Werner, based in Rutland, received the Dorsey Award, given to the commercial insurance account executive producing top sales.

Robbi Handy-Holmes, sales affiliate with Century 21 Jack Associates, earned the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award for her 2016 sales success. The award honors sales affiliates who earn $242,000 in production or 67 closed transaction sides within a calendar year. Handy-Holmes is a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative.

The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association honored James Maas, the owner of Birds in Wood in East Ryegate, with its 2016 Woodworker of the Year Award. Maas’s carvings, mostly of birds, are lifelike images of birds that have garnered numerous awards, including the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition. VWMA also recognized the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock as the 2016 VWMA Friend of the Industry. A new award honoring the VWMA Emerging Woodworker of the Year, given to a business that has been in the industry for under five years and is doing something innovative or interesting in the sector, was given to John Monks of Vermont Tree Goods in Bristol. Vermont Tree Goods mills planks and creates furniture from recycled heirloom trees that have reached the end of their growing years.

February 2017

The Vermont Association of Broadcasters presented Distinguished Service Awards to WCAX senior news photographer Bob Davis and radio personality and salesperson Bob Sherman. Davis has covered news for WCAX for over 30 years and has received numerous Edward R. Morrow awards, a Peabody award, and a Dupont award. Sherman was a manager, announcer, and salesperson at WTSL-AM from 1978 to 1985, when he joined WVMT-AM. He returned to WTSL and its sister stations in 1990 and is a senior account executive for Great Eastern Radio. WFFF-TV/WVNY-TV was presented with the 2016 Alan Noyes Community Service Award for volunteer efforts to beautify Little River State Park in Waterbury. The organization’s Snyder-Teffner Award for excellence behind the scenes was presented to Kim Meisinger, owner of Prescott Tower of Rutland. The company has built and maintained broadcast towers throughout the region for over 40 years.

A blog focusing on traumatic brain injury written by Robert Luce, an attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, was named one of Healthline’s eight Best Traumatic Brain Injury Blogs of 2016. The editors selected winners based on the their “reach to educate, inspire, and empower readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.”

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced that Carol Egan, vice president and chief nursing officer, is the hospital’s first recipient of the Daisy Nurse Leader Award from the DAISY Foundation. Others at the hospital have been recognized by the foundation, but this is the first time a leader has been so honored. The award celebrates Egan’s “compassionate leadership, commitment to exemplary practice, and nursing excellence.”

Adam Hergenrother, the CEO of Hergenrother Enterprises, and Hallie Warner, his chief of staff, were invited to present at the national conference Behind Every Leader in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Hosted by Executive Assistants Organization, Behind Every Leader is a day of workshops and panel discussions focused on empowering executive assistants, developing their leadership skills, and strengthening their strategic partnerships with executives.

White + Burke announced that Stephanie T. Hainley earned the designation of Commercial Real Estate Professional (CCIM), the fourth person — and first woman — to earn the designation in Vermont. Hainley is chief operating officer and a senior project manager at the firm.

Six lawyers at Langrock Sperry & Wool were named to the New England Super Lawyers list of the top attorneys in Vermont for 2016. Alison J. Bell was recognized in the employment and labor field; Christopher L. Davis in family law; John L. Kellner, personal injury/plaintiffs; Lisa B. Shelkrot, criminal defense; and Mitchell L. Pearl, civil rights. Fewer than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are chosen for Super Lawyers. Attorney Erin Miller Heins was named, for the sixth consecutive year, to the New England Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming business litigation attorneys in the state, one of only 02.5 percent of lawyers in the state so designated.

Brennan Mangan and Dragan Lazarevic, employees of The Converse Home, received outstanding service awards from the Vermont Health Care Association: Mangan named Resident Care Assistant of the Year, and Lazarevic, Dining Supervisor of the Year.

KeyBank received its ninth perfect score for satisfying all criteria on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Five hundred seventeen major U.S. businesses earned top marks last year.

Brian K. Haas of VIS Construction Consultants earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Constructor from the American Hospital Association. He is one of seven so certified in Vermont. Haas has over 30 years’ experience managing complex construction projects in health care and education environments.

Edward Coates, senior vice president and regional agricultural banking manager at NBT Bank, was elected vice chair of the American Bankers Association’s agricultural and rural bankers committee for the 2016-17 association year. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Urban Rhino video production company was honored with Best in Show, Gold, and Silver awards from the annual Davey Awards competition. The Davey Awards competition is for smaller creative agencies that “derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.” Urban Rhino’s “Day One” commercial for Vermont nonprofit Let’s Grow Kids was chosen one of only 11 Best in Show videos. Selections are made by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts from the pool of Gold winners. Another video for Let’s Grow Kids called “Tough Choices” also earned Gold, as did an animated piece for Drive Electric Vermont called “Plug In Vermont.” Awarded Silver were the Fears campaign for Community College of Vermont and the Charlie Rose Oscar Opening.

St. Michael’s College was named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the “Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.” Schools making the list “embody exceptional academic quality and affordability.” St. Michael’s was also named to the list last year.

Alison Krompf, quality manager at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, received the Total Clinical Outcomes Management Award from the John Praed Foundation, an academic research center through the University of Chicago Chapin Hall for her “passion and leadership in spreading the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment and outcomes management in Vermont.

BNI Vermont announced the addition of three ambassadors to its leadership team: Roger Schmidt, owner of Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy LLC; Sam Orfanidis, owner of Spectac Health Fitness and Performance; and Laura Cooper, owner of Streamline with Style LLC.

Burke Mountain has been named a High Performance Training Center for the U.S. Ski Team. The partnership will bring some of the nation’s most talented athletes and trainers to Vermont for up to 40 days a year, according to Gov. Phil Scott.

Armistead Senior Care announced that Karey Young of Essex Junction was named its Vermont 2016 Caregiver of the Year. Young has been with Armistead for seven years, and a caregiver for nine.

Union Bank was honored with two awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration: Highest Volume Growth and Third-Highest Loan Volume. Union Bank had the highest loan volume increase of all Vermont lenders in the fiscal year October 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016.

Magic Mountain won a 2016-17 Best in Snow Award, recognizing it as one of the overall best in snow, most challenging, least crowded, and best value ski areas in the Northeast. The awards are powered by Liftopia, using details from a consumer survey and its proprietary data.

January 2017

Rutland Regional Medical Center earned an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Healthgrades, an online resource that helps consumers find doctors, hospitals, and medical care, gave RRMC Five Stars in both total knee replacement and gallbladder removal surgery from Healthgrades.

Mary Niebling, director of community economic development at Capstone Community Action, was appointed to the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission. The commission was established by the Vermont Legislature in 2015 to “measurably improve the financial literacy and financial capability of Vermont’s citizens.”

Franklin County Home Health Agency recognized the family of Stanley and Madeline McDermott with its 2016 Oren J. Lane Community Service Award. The award recognizes an individual or an organization who “exemplifies the spirit of Home Health — someone who has gone above and beyond to serve others, to give from the heart, and to whom the community is more than just a place to live and work.” The agency also presented Linda Tracy, a longtime hospice volunteer, the Ed Eaton Make a Difference Award for her many contributions.

The Roost at Topnotch Resort was ranked third among the top 10 locations for Elevated Aprés Ski in the United States, and Number One in Stowe, by Freeskier magazine.

Vermont Farm Bureau recognized Bruce Shields with its most distinguished honor, The Wallace Award, which honors recipients for their “distinguished lifetime service to agriculture.” Shields, past president of Lamoille County Farm Bureau, is a board member. Ed and Kelly Meacham were named Farm Family of the Year. The Meachams milk 100 registered Holsteins and raise 90 young stock. The Meachams, their son, Jon, and his wife, Calista, share the dairy chores. The Century Farm Award went to David and Petty Ainsworth. The farm has been in the family since 1867; David took it over in 1984. Kerry Gawalt of Cedar Mountain Farm was named Farm Woman of the Year. An active 4-H leader and vice president of the Windsor County Farm Bureau, Gawalt has operated her dairy and vegetable farm with her husband, Stephen, since she was 24 years old. Stuart Farnham of The Frazer Agency received the Nationwide Top Farm Premium and the Most Farm Bureau Memberships Enrolled awards. Roy Folsom of the Jaimes L. Fewer Insurance Agency was a close runner-up. Tim Buskey accepted the Packard Award for Addison County for the Best Annual County Meeting. And Bonnie Sogoloff was given the Cornwall Award for Chittenden County for Best Overall Program.

Sterling College was named to the 2017 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. This is the second year Sterling has earned the designation. Sterling College’s Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems was ranked the top college farm in Vermont and the 11th college farm in the nation by OnlineCollegePlan.com. The organic farm of Green Mountain College’s organic farm at Cerridwen Farm was 12th, and The University of Vermont and Middlebury College were also on the list of 60 college farms.

Wake Robin won the 2016 Green Award from the International Council on Active Aging for its energy use and consumption plan. Cited were endeavors such as a switch from bleach to environmentally friendlier ozone as a disinfectant, deodorizer, bleaching agent, and cleaning tool for its laundry and aquatic center; a hot water reduction effort that saved 316,090 gallons and over $24,000 in one year; the release of 100,000 ladybugs on the gardens and landscape to reduce damage from aphids and scale bugs; the sourcing of local food whenever possible; year-round commercial composting; and the use of solar energy, which reduced on-site energy costs by 24 percent.

Armistead Senior Care announced that four of its Vermont managers completed the requirements of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and earned the designation Certified Dementia Practitioners. They are Annmarie Plant, RN, BA, CCM, CDP, president; Samantha Wendel, CSA, CMC, CDP, director of care management; Heather Barss, CMC, CDP, care manager; and Dana Smith, HCA, CDP, assistant care manager.

Elliot Gray, chartered retirement planning counselor and wealth management associate at Morgan Stanley in Colchester, was recognized by Morgan Stanley Foundation’s Volunteer Incentive program for serving on the board of Give Way to Freedom, a foundation dedicated to the advocacy, care and empowerment of trafficked persons.

Elliott Greenblott was named the 2016 winner of the AARP Andrus Community Service Award, as “an example of the difference that volunteering can make in the lives of individuals and in the well-being and vitality of a community.” Greenblott heads the AARP Vermont’s Fraud Fighter program and, since his appointment, has personally delivered consumer fraud and ID theft prevention presentations reaching more than 750 Vermonters.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce named Greg Cox of Boardman Hill Farm, Vermont Farmers Food Center, and Vermont Farmers Market as its 2016 Business Person of the Year. A farmer for 40 years, he is one of the visionaries behind the Food Center and mentors farmers at his farm, free of charge, to help them learn how to produce food. Outgoing board members Sherri Birkheimer Rooker, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont; Marleen Cenate, Heritage Family Credit Union; and Dom Serino, retired, Rutland Health Foundation, were honored for their service to the Chamber and the community.

The following businesses took honors at the 39th Annual Better Homes Awards:

EFFICIENCY VERMONT ENERGY EFFICIENT AWARD-WINNERS

  • Multifamily: larger buildings
  • Snyder Homes for Finney Crossing condominium
  • Multifamily: single-family attached
  • Sterling Construction for Lot 40-1 South Village
  • Multifamily: single-family detached
  • Leach Construction

NEW CONSTRUCTION

  • Multifamily: single-family attached
  • Snyder Homes, Ascutney, Finney Crossing
  • Multifamily/Commercial: larger buildings
  • Peregrine Design/Build for a Colchester professional office
  • New Kitchen: 150 square feet and under
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New Kitchen: 151 square feet and over
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New single-family home $174/square foot and under
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New single-family home $175/square foot to $275/square foot
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New single-family home $276/square foot and over
  • Roundtree Construction

REMODELING

  • Bath remodel 100 square feet and under
  • Turtle Creek Builders
  • Single-family home remodel $174/square foot and under
  • Peregrine Design/Build
  • Single-family home remodel $175/square foot to $275/square foot
  • Peregrine Design/Build
  • Single-family home remodel $276/square foot and over
  • Turtle Creek Builders

SPECIALTY AWARD WINNERS

  • Design feature:
  • Peregrine Design/Build for College & Battery condo
  • Landscape:
  • Roundtree Construction, Lake Champlain landscape
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE
  • Landshapes for contemporary terrace

The Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. presented Tyler McNandy, the owner of Filabot in Barre, its Small Business of the Year award. Filabot provides support products for the 3-D printer industry. American Flatbread’s CEO and founder George Schenk received the Leo C. Laferriere Community Service Award recognizing a regional company for its contributions to the economy and quality of life. The President’s Award was presented to Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon in recognition of his commitment to the economic vitality of the region and his service to the city of Barre. Ric Cabot, CEO of Darn Tough Socks, was given the Directors’ Award, given to a company that has shown its ability to grow and invest in the region. And National Life Group was named Member of the Year, an inaugural award to be given to a member that has over time provided a significant positive impact in the region.

Inntopia was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work by Outside magazine. Also recognized was Ryan Solutions, which was recently acquired by Inntopia. Each of the newly merged teams also won the award in 2015.

The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, part of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, was named to the Top 100 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, developed by ABILITY Network to recognize the top performing home health agencies in the United States.

Eleven attorneys at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew were chosen for inclusion on the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list: Ritchie Berger and Karen McAndrew, business litigation; Jeffrey McMahan, Brian Murphy, Afi Ahmadi, and David Gurtman, business/corporate law; Jeffrey Nolan, employment and labor law; Mark Langan, estate planning and probate; Linda Cohen, health care law; and Molly Langan and Austin Hart, real estate law. Andy MacIlwaine, construction litigation, was named to the New England Rising Stars list.

Five Vermont cheesemakers were nominated for the Good Food Awards: Grafton Village Cheese Co. for two of its artisan, hand-crafted cheeses — Bear Hill and Queen of Quality Clothbound Cheddar; Farms for City Kids Foundation/Springbrook Farm for Reading; Parish Hill Creamery for Kashar; Shelburne Farms for its Clothbound Cheddar; and Vermont Creamery for Bonne Bouche. Six longtime artisan food exhibitors were also honored: Big Picture Farm for Farmstead Chocolate-covered Goat’s Milk Caramels and Farmstead Caramels; Fat Toad Farm for Vanilla Bean Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce and Spicy Dark Chocolate Caramel Sauce; Vermont Amber Organic Toffee for Fennel Seed Toffee; Tonewood Maple for its Maple Cream; Blake Hill Preserves for its Gooseberry and Elderflower Preserves; Green Jam Man for Honey Sage Pear Jam; Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont for Farm to Bar Tart Cherry Rich Simple Syrup; and Stonecutter Spirits for its Single Barrel Gin.

A house built by Silver Maple Construction is featured in the December 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. MB Architecture and Design was the architect. The eight-page article is titled “Christmas in the Country.”

The Northeast Recycling Council, based in Vermont, won the 2016 National Food Recovery Challenge Endorser Award for its food recovery outreach and technical assistance efforts to New England businesses. It was one of 13 organizations honored by the EPA for their work in keeping wasted food out of landfills and incinerators. The EPA also issued a Regional Endorser Award to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources for its “creative partnerships and outreach to continue building awareness in Vermont residents, businesses, institutions, and K-12 schools on the value of food.” The collaboration between the agency and the Vermont Foodbank increased food rescue in 2016 by 40 percent while reducing the amount of wholesome food headed for disposal.

Special Olympics Vermont elected five new members to its board of directors: Bob Corran, former athletic director at The University of Vermont; Melinda Moulton, Main Street Landing; Julie Atwood, Seventh Generation; Kendra Kenney, Donahue & Associates; and Bobby Torney, Raymond James & Associates. Jim Godfrey, a CPA and partner with Tyler, Simms & St. Sauver P.C., was appointed chair.

The Grossman School of Business honored three family businesses for excellence in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation at the UVM Family Business Awards. Honored were The RehabGYM, 1st Generation Family Enterprise Award; Schlesinger Associates, Multi-Generational Global Family Enterprise Award; and The Addison Independent, Vermont Legacy Family Enterprise Award.

The New England PGA and the Vermont Chapter of the New England PGA honored PGA professional staffers at the Vermont National Country Club. Zack Wyman, PGA general manager, was named NEPGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor paid to a PGA Professional in the New England Section. Brian Gara, PGA head golf professional, received the VTPGA Horton Smith Award, and Sean Toof, PGA assistant golf professional, took the Junior Golf Leader Award. Vermont National was named VTPGA Club Champions for the 2016 season for the most team points accumulated during the Pro-Am season.

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification for the sixth consecutive year, one of nine commercial sites in the state so certified in 2016.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility honored Rep. Helen Head, (D)-South Burlington, chair of the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee, for her role in passing Earned Paid Leave and Ban the Box legislation in 2016, two major VBSR legislative issues. •

December 2016

The University of Vermont Health Network-Central Vermont Medical Center was named to Beckers Hospital Review’s “100 Great Community Hospitals” list for 2016.

The VT/NH Marketing Group honored Carole Ziter, president of Triggered Email Marketing, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was instrumental in the founding of the group and has been involved since its inception in 1988. She served as president from 1990 to 1992. Sam Cutting IV, president of Dakin Farm, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. As one of the founders, he served in various director roles between 1988 and 1994.

Champlain College retained its title as the Most Innovative School in the North by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 2017. Champlain moved up from consideration as a Regional College to Regional Universities classification, recognizing Champlain’s evolution as an institution providing a full range of graduate programs in addition to traditional undergraduate education.

H. Kenneth Merritt Jr., managing director of Merritt & Merritt, was named to the advisory board of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s LaunchVT, a business pitch competition. Merritt was also named in the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list.

Condé Nast Traveler announced that Topnotch Resort was recognized in its annual Reader’s Choice Awards as a Top Resort in New England, ranking ninth in the category.

Barbara Donnelly, personal lines manager at Winooski Insurance, earned an Award of Excellence from Safeco Insurance for superior underwriting skill. Fewer than 5 percent of agents across the country who sell Safeco personal lines policies receive the honor.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort was recognized as one of the Top Resorts in New England by Conde Nast Traveler, ranking 14 in the category and second among Vermont resorts.

The Vermont Historical Society announced the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards. The Orwell Historical Society took the Award of Excellence in Exhibits & Public Programs; a group of volunteers from the St. Albans MuseumRon Anstey, Barb Duval, Louise Haynes, A.J. McDonald, Charlotte Pedersen, Patty Rainville, and Jill Snap — received a Group Achievement Award; and Individual Achievement awards went to Gloria McEwen for her work with the Isle LaMotte Historical Society and Margaret Pearl for her work with the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center.

Renewable Energy Vermont presented the following 2016 Renewable Energy Awards: the Jim Grundy Award to Nik Ponzio, co-founder of Building Energy; the Legislative Award to Sen. Mark MacDonald; the Industry Champion Award to Encore Renewable Energy, Village of Hyde Park (Carol Robertson), and Stowe Electric Department (Ellen Burt); and the Innovation Award to VELCO, the inaugural recipient for its revolutionary Vermont Weather Analytics Center.

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce announced its annual awards. Named 2016 Business of the Year was Addison Press of Middlebury, which has continued to invest in the community by maintaining staff, updating technology, and sharpening focus in a time of national declining circulation, layoffs, corporate takeovers, and closures. Bill Cunningham, regional director at Addison County Transit Resources, received the Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award for his history of “getting things done to make the community better ... with no intention of personal reward or recognition.” The Community Achievement Award went to Homeward Bound: Addison County’s Humane Society. It was accepted by Jessica Danyow, the organization’s executive director.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the city’s Celebrate Burlington Award recipients. The Herb Bloomenthal Award was given to Peggy O’Neil, bike/walk and parent activist; Gail Shampnois, director of student and community relations at The University of Vermont, received the Peter Clavelle Award; the Burlington Community Arts Award went to Maggie Standley, artist and educator; and Marija Valencak, citizens’ advisory committee member at the Community Justice Center, received the Ken Schatz Award.

Sterling College was recognized as a top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving the top spot for Food & Dining, tying for first for Grounds and Coordination & Planning, ranking third in Curriculum, and third overall among 60 leading sustainable baccalaureate institutions.

Tom Fondakowski, general manager, and Paul Bento, executive chef, of Sodexo Dining Services at Johnson State College received the Vermont Spirit of the ADA Award from the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter announced its 2016 awardees. Christopher Curtis, Leahy Leadership Award, has spent the last 10 years as a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid and co-chairs the Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty and the Lund board. Mike Ohler and the Burlington Housing Authority’s retention team received the Community Partner Award for their work to help people preserve their housing. New England Federal Credit Union was named Corporate Hero for its major gifts and in-kind support to COTS. The Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year Award went to Tyler Raymond and Eric Picard, longtime Daystation volunteers. Edmunds Middle School was given the Youth Hero Award for going above and beyond with its support of COTS this year, in particular Jim Van Duyn, Pat Chiraseveenuprapund, Daryl Kuhn, Rich Boyers, and Eric Schoembs. Ellie Lamontagne, and eighth-grader from Christ the King School, and Aenea Thorne, a Champlain College junior and filmmaking student, collaborated with COTS to create a series of Web videos, and received the Samara-Anderson Walk Award.

Alan F. Sylvester of Sylvester & Brow PLLC was named one of New England’s top attorneys in the 2016 issue of New England Super Lawyers in the field of Personal Injury-Plaintiffs. The firm was recognized with the highest possible Tier 1 ranking in the 2017 edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

A Vermont program called SASH (Support and Services at Home), earned the American Public Health Association and Archstone Foundation’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Program Innovation, recognizing top initiatives in health and aging. It was nominated by The Center on Aging at the University of Vermont.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum inducted four pioneers in Vermont’s ski and ride history into its Hall of Fame: Lloyd “Chip” LaCasse, UVM ski coach from 1969 to 2003; Stan Dunklee, two-time Olympian and U.S. national champion Nordic skier; Paul Graves, snowboarding pioneer and national “Snurfer” champion; and Rosie Fortna, U.S. Alpine ski racer, 1968 Olympian, and gold medalist at the 1970 World University Games. The Paul Robbins Award winner, Mary McKhann, worked at the Manchester (Vermont) Journal in the mid-1980s and began covering ski racing when her young sons became involved.

Money Magazine named KeyBank KeyCorp the Best Bank for Startups in its 2016-2017 list of best banks in recognition of its Business Reward Checking.

The Brattleboro Development Corp. board of directors honored former Speaker of the House Stephan Morse with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies Leadership Award for excellence in economic development leadership went to Alex Wilson, chair of the Ecovation Hub leadership team. The Fast Tracks to Success Program, developed through the Southern Vermont Workforce Center of Excellence with the regional Educators Workforce Committee, was presented with the BDCC Founders Award.

Wilkins Harley-Davidson was recognized, for the third consecutive year, by Powersports Business magazine as one of the Top 50 Powersports Dealers in the United States. Wilkins was one of two dealers in New England to be recognized, and the only dealer in Vermont.

Engineering News Record chose PC Construction’s project at the Waterbury State Office Complex to receive a 2016 Merit Award in the Government/Public category in the New England region, one of the highest given by the magazine, and the only project recognized in this category. It was the largest project undertaken by Vermont state government.

November 2016

The Police Executive Research Forum gave Brandon del Pozo, Burlington’s chief of police, its 2016 Gary Hayes Memorial Award for innovation and leadership, notably the comprehensive revision of policies and sensibilities.

Vermont specialty food producers Big Picture Farm’s Sea Salt & Vanilla Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels; Vermont Creamery’s Bijou aged goat cheese; and Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps’ Cranberry Pistachio Crisp took Gold at the annual sofi (specialty outstanding food innovation) awards. Honored as finalists were Big Picture Farm for its chocolate; Vermont Creamery: Bonne Bouche cheese; Blake Hill Preserves: jams and preserves; Cabot: dairy or dairy alternatives; Fat Toad Farm: dessert sauces, toppings, and syrup; Lake Champlain Chocolates: chocolate; Potlicker: jams and preserves; Small Batch Organics: granola; and Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind: cooking, dipping, or finishing sauce.

Burlington radio station WIZN-FM and Colchester advertising agency Mt. Mansfield Media won Best in Show awards from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. WIZN’s award was for a Valentine’s Day promotional spot, and Mt. Mansfield Media won the television prize for a promotional spot for the Tunbridge World’s Fair sponsored by White River Toyota. WIZN also took a first-place prize in the promo category, a spot for City Sports Grille, and Mt. Mansfield Media also took first for agency radio and agency television commercials. A complete list of winners can be found at vab.org/2016commercialoftheyearawards/.

Jim Heltz of Green Mountain Video Inc. won a Bronze Telly in the documentary film category for his work as director and editor of Dawn of a new day: the creation of Fletcher Allen Health Care, produced by The University of Vermont Medical Center.

The National Retail Federation named Rep. Peter Welch one of its two Legislator of the Year honorees. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., was the Senate honoree.

Mary Ellen Reis was hired as senior director of philanthropy and communications for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Reis has years of experience working with the nonprofit and education sectors in the Northeast Kingdom.

Burlington City Arts announced that Norwich filmmaker Nora Jacobson has won its annual $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize, which aims to reward the pinnacle of arts leadership in the state.

Johnson State College was named Vermont’s premier public liberal arts college by the board of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges by unanimous vote. COPLAC generally accepts only one college or university per state (or Canadian province) for membership.

Lisaius Marketing, now known as Tenth Crow Creative, received two Gold Lamplighter Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Marketing from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications: for a website designed for NMC (Northwestern Medical Center), and Special Purpose Publication acknowledgement for NMC’s capital campaign brochure.

Urban Rhino video production company received several Telly awards, AIGA Vermont Design Awards, and an award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. Tellys were for the “Fears” campaign commercials produced for Community College of Vermont (two awards); an animation created for Drive Electric Vermont; a short for the Trust for Public Land; and a video produced for the 2016 Charlie Rose Oscar Special. Vermont Design Awards honored the “Fears” campaign and the Charlie Rose Oscar Special. The Vermont Association of Broadcasters named a PSA for Let’s Grow Kids, Best PSA.

Beth Sachs, co-founder of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp., received the 2016 Leadership & Achievement Award from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. The award honored Sachs’s 40 years of pioneering leadership in the field.

Howard Center’s director of crisis integration, Charlotte McCorkel, was chosen to participate in the National Council’s Healthy Youth Leadership Institute. She joins 14 other emerging leaders from across the country.

Chad Butt, executive director of Mobius, was elected to the Mentoring Partnership Advisory Council for MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.

New Life Hiking Spa was named the Top Destination Spa in the United States by Travel + Leisure. Founded in 1978 by Jimmy LeSage, M.S., it is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country.

James Ehlers, executive director of Lake Champlain International, received the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award from Green Mountain Power for his “unwavering efforts to protect and improve Lake Champlain.”

Shelburne Farms received a 2016 Vermont Fresh Network Gold Barn Honor, awarded to restaurants that meet local purchasing standards and one of two requirements: either 35 percent of annual food purchases from Vermont farmers and producers or purchase of over $200,000 in Vermont-grown food a year. Eighty percent of the food served at the Inn at Shelburne Farms is sourced in Vermont from its own gardens, pastures, and forests.

Diane Imrie, director of Nutrition Services at The University of Vermont Medical Center, received a Silver Plate Award from the International Foodservice Manufacturing Association for her leadership in developing a model program to deliver high-quality, healthy, and sustainably produced food to patients and visitors.

Vermont Public Radio took home three awards from the Public Radio News Directors conference: First Place in the Commentary category for “Not One More” by Linda Mulley; First in the Newscast category for All Things Considered with Alex Keefe, who joined VPR as local host in 2015; and Second in the Arts Feature category for “After More Than 40 Years, Passionate Music Teacher Puts Down His Baton” by Nina Keck.

Rutland Regional Medical Center’s rehabilitation services received recognition for exceeding the national average for patient outcomes in orthopaedics from Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes.

Three wines from Shelburne Vineyard took Best in Category designations at the 2016 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association competition: Single Barrel Marquette, from the 2014 harvest; the 2015 semi-dry white wine, LaCrescent; and the 2015 red blend, Harvest Widow’s Revenge. The vineyard’s wines also took awards at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition and the Eastern States Exposition.

The Vermont Cheese Council announced the winners of the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival’s annual Best of the Fest: Best Cheese was Maplebrook Farm’s Burrata; Best Artisan Food Product was Laughing Moon Chocolates; and Idletyme Brewery’s Danube was named Best Beverage.

Pavel Cenkl, associate dean of academics and athletic director for Sterling College, was named a SHIFT (Shaping How We Invest for Tomorrow) 2016 Adventure Athlete. He was recognized for his efforts to connect his recreational pursuits to conservation issues, specifically his Climate Run, a solo run across Iceland.

Rep. Barbara Rachelson (Chittenden 6-6) was chosen to join 48 leaders from 29 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam for participation in The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship program.

The Norwich Historic Preservation Commission was chosen the 2016 Commission of the Year by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, honoring the organization’s work in raising awareness about Norwich’s rich historic, architectural, and cultural resources.

The Lanphear Farm in Hyde Park was named the Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year by the New England Dairy Promotion Board’s Green Pasture program.

Jasper Hill Farm’s Greensward from Murray’s Cheese took 3rd Place Best of Show as well as 1st in its category at the American Cheese Society’s 2016 competition. Jasper Hill’s Winnimere also took 1st in the Farmstead Cheeses aged 60 days or more. Many Vermont cheeses took prizes in their categories: Vermont Creamery’s Bijou and Feta, 1st, Mascarpone, Quark, Fresh Crottin, Bonne Bouche, and Cultured Butter blended with Sea Salt and Maple, 2nd, Spreadable Goat Cheese Classic, 3rd; Maplebrook Farm’s Ricotta Alta, Burrata, Whole Milk Block Feta, and Smoked Handmade Mozzarella, 1st; Cellars at Jasper Hill’s Harbison and Moses Sleeper, 1st, and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, 3rd; Sweet Rowen Farmstead’s Mountain Ash, 1st; Cabot Creamery’s Old School Cheddar and Cabot Créme Fraîche, 1st, 3 Year Old Cheddar and Jalapeno Light Cheddar, 3rd; Shelburne Farms’ Farmhouse Smoked Cheddar, 2nd, Farmhouse 2 Year Extra Sharp Cheddar, 3rd; von Trapp Farmstead’s Mad River Blue, 2nd; Spring Brook Farm’s Reading, 1st, Tarentaise, 2nd; Consider Bardwell Farm’s Rupert, Danby, and Manchester, 3rd; Boston Post Dairy’s Tres Bonne, 1st, Gisele, 2nd; Parish Hill Creamery’s Kashar, 1st; Sage Farm Goat Dairy’s Fresh chèvre; Fairy Tale Farm’s Tomte, 3rd;

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. received two Northeastern Economic Developers Association awards: The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence was Program of the Year, and the GS Precision Expansion was Project of the Year.

Sterling College earned four stars out of five from Campus Pride for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning–friendly campus, up from 3.5 stars in 2015.

Johnson State College announced its 2016 awards. Carolyn D’Luz, coordinator of academic support services, received the Distinguished Staff Award; Professor Gregory Petrics, the Distinguished Faculty Award; Tracy Wrend, superintendent of the Lamoille South Supervisory Union, the Distinguished Alumni Award; and Dylan Giambatista, director of outreach and financial literacy in the office of the Vermont State Treasurer, the Alumni Council’s Rising Star Alumni Award.

Rep. Peter Welch announced that Toni Yandow of Lund was named a 2016 Angels in Adoption awardee for her “outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Yandow is Lund’s adoption administrator.

The New England Dairy Promotion Board announced that the Lanphear Farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear of Hyde Park, was named 2016 Dairy Farm of the Year. The annual award is presented by The University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program. The recognition was for the farm’s “well-managed herd, high-quality milk production, sound management practices, and strong work ethics.”

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region announced that Ann Pollock, RN, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, passed the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis exam through the board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance from the Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance. Nicolette Beagle, RN, ADN, CHPN, COS-C, and Cynthia Murray, RN, MSN-ED, CHPN, at the Bennington Area VNA & Hospice achieved the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse certification. Staffers Beagle; Mary Driscoll, RN; Alice Hadley, PT; Shauna Nolan, SLP; Amanda Robson, RN; Amber Sherman, RN; Kelli Siracusa, OT; Betsy Tolliver, RN; and Amy Van Der Kar, PT, earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical from the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.

Sterling College was recently honored in two national publications. The Princeton Review named the college one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges in its seventh annual “Guide to 361 Green Colleges.” Sierra magazine recognized Sterling by inclusion in the top 11 percent of its 10th annual “America’s Coolest Schools” list, a ranking of the nation’s greenest colleges and universities, placing it in the Number 23 slot out of 202 colleges and universities, up 48 spots from last year.

Champlain College has been named among the Most Innovative Schools in the North in U.S. New and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 2017. Champlain moved up from consideration as a regional college to Regional Universities classification. The comparison pools vary: 334 in the Regional Colleges category versus 653 in the Regional Universities category. Champlain is Number 91 in the new listing; it was Number 14 in the regional ranking. The college also received a STARS Silver Rating recognizing its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Kevin and Elaine Hall of Braintree were named Tree Farmers of the Year by the Vermont Woodlands Association. The Halls own and operate three tree farms in Braintree that focus on maple sugaring and timber production with a special consideration for water quality protection, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, and aesthetics.

Jess Peck of RE/MAX North Professionals was awarded the Seller Representative Specialist designation from the Real Estate Business Institute. It is an official credential of the National Association of Realtors.

St. Michael’s College was ranked at Number 99 among Catholic colleges in the Northeast, and is the fifth-best among Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” listings.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption gave top bank honors as an Adoption-Friendly Workplace to Citizens Bank, ranking it First in the financial services category and Second overall. Adoption-Friendly Workplaces are determined by an analysis of financial assistance and paid leave available to families who adopt, based on surveys of employers.

B the Change Media named Gardener’s Supply Co. among the top winners in its “Best for the World” lists, which spans 20 countries and 44 industries. Gardener’s was named as Best for Workers for its innovative employee-owned model among other scores. The honors are given only to those Certified B Corporations that score in the top 10 percent of the B Corp community.

The Vermont Historical Society presented Jeff Kaufman with its Richard O. Hathaway award for his film The State of Marriage. The film presents the epic and personal story of how small-town Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray partnered with Mary Bonauto of GLAD in a two-decade struggle that built the foundation for the entire marriage-equality movement. The Historical Society also gave Joe Sherman the Weston A. Cate Fellowship award for his research proposal “Mellen Chamberlain’s Five Years of Good Fortune: 1832-1837.” It profiles a Peacham native who saw the significance of the telegraph long before the world caught up.

Benjamin Cadwallader, executive director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, is one of only nine participants in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. The 10-month fellowship offers mentoring with top leaders in the field, one-on-one coaching, in-depth seminars by leadership experts, and peer network-building opportunities.

Sally Borden, executive director of KidSafe Collaborative, received the Laura’s Spirit Award from the Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund, created in memory of Laura after her death in 2005 in Burlington.

Dominic Berrini of Westaff was named National Administrative Sector Staffing Employee of the Year All-Star by the American Staffing Association. He was also the 2016 Westaff Associate of the Year.

Seven Vermont businesses earned the 2016 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers. Three who received plaques are Bond Auto Parts Inc. for its recruitment and retention policies, the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties for its training and skill development opportunities, and Biebel Builders Inc. for its work schedule flexibility and accommodation. Receiving certificates of recognition were Home Instead Senior Care, Vermont VA Federal Credit Union, Hanover Consumer Cooperative, and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp.

David Raphael, broker and Realtor with Artisan Realty of Vermont, was elected president-elect of the Association of Real Estate Licensing Law Officials.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was honored with the Green Mountain United Way’s 2016 Workplace Campaign Award for its efforts to raise awareness among its employees about the Green Mountain United Way and the work it does. Vermont Mutual saw a 100 percent increase in the number of donations from its employees.

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports presented the Michael Feulner Award to The University of Vermont Medical Center–Central Vermont Medical Center. Nearly 500 CVMC employees ran or walked in the Vermont Corporate Cup in May to encourage worksite wellness and raise funds for health and fitness programs in Vermont.

Kris Hoffman, education supervisor at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, received the Above and Beyond Award for Excellence in Educational Collaboration and innovation from the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Hoffman was honored as a result of her “dedication to providing high-quality instructional support to students at Woodside and professional learning to the educators there.

Zack Wyman, PGA, general manager at Vermont National Country Club, was named the 2016 New England PGA Golf Professional of the Year. The award is based on “overall performance as a golf professional, level of service at his facility, level of service to his section and to the association, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals, and promotion of golf.” Brian Gara, PGA, head golf professional at Vermont National, received the PGA’s Horton Smith Award, which recognizes the PGA professional who is the model educator of PGA golf professionals. Sean Toof, PGA, assistant golf professional, was given the Junior Golf Leader award. The club has secured the title of VTPGA Club Champions for the 2016 season. The award recognizes the PGA professional staff and members for the most team points accumulated during the VTPGA Pro-Am season.

Jake Garner of Jake Garner Caskets in Randolph was recognized by the Woodworking Network and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America for his contribution to the field at the 2016 inaugural Wood Industry 40 Under 40. Garner is a member of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association.

Jodie Archambault, RN, clinical manager of the Enosburg Team of the Franklin County Home Health Agency, has completed the training and is now a Certified OASIS Specialist. OASIS (Outcomes and Assessment Information Set) is Medicare’s quality assessment tool for home care.

October 2016

Completing her certificate in professional photography from the Hallmark Institute of Photography, Danielle Allendorf of Danielle Allendorf Photography received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Portfolio Imagery and the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Highest Class Credit in her graduating class. Her portfolio was in the top 10 percent of her class. Allendorf specializes in weddings, portraits, and food.

Von Bargen’s Jewelry was named one of America’s Coolest Jewelry Stores by INSTORE magazine. The contest highlights “the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America,” judged on business practices, history, online presence, interior decor, and curb appeal. The top three winners receive trophies and were featured in the August issue and at www.instoremag.com.

Seventeen partners at Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP, were named to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in 28 categories: F. Rendol Barlow, Alison J. Bell, Kevin E. Brown, Christopher L. Davis, Ellen Mercer Fallon, Emily L. Joselson, John L. Kellner, Eric M. Knudsen, Peter F. Langrock, Devin McLaughlin, William B. Miller Jr., Susan M. Murray, Mitchell L. Pearl, Lisa B. Shelkrot, Mark L. Sperry III, James W. Swift, and Sarah Gentry Tischler. Davis, Knudsen, and Shelkrot were also named Lawyers of the Year.

Nine lawyers from Paul Frank + Collins PC were named to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Andrew A. Beerworth, S. Crocker Bennett II, Robert G. Cain, Robert S. DiPalma, Kimberly K. Hayden, Christopher J. Leff, John T. Sartore, Kerin E. Stackpole, and Allen D. Webster. Stackpole and Webster were also named Lawyers of the Year.

Burak Anderson & Melloni PLC announced that Shane W. McCormack was named to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Thomas R. Melloni was recognized as a Lawyer of the Year.

September 2016

Nineteen attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin were recognized by Chambers USA. Elizabeth K. Rattigan and Willemien Dingemans Miller are new this year to the roster. Other attorneys from the firm ranked by practice area are: corporate/commercial attorneys Thomas H. Moody, Paul H. Ode Jr., William Roger Prescott, and David J. Sylvester; captive insurance attorney Kathleen H. Davis; intellectual property attorneys Peter B. Kunin and Lawrence H. Meier; labor and employment attorneys Timothy E. Copeland Jr., Johan W. E. Maitland, and Peter B. Robb; litigation attorneys Marc B. Heath, Walter E. Judge Jr., Robert Luce, and Robert D. Rachlin; and real estate/land use attorneys William J. Dodge, R. Prescott Jaunich, and Peter D. Van Oot. Rachlin was named a Senior Statesman for the 12th straight year.

Best Lawyers in America selected 19 attorneys from Downs Rachlin Martin for inclusion in its 2017 rankings. Peter B. Kunin was named a Lawyer of the Year in intellectual property litigation in the Burlington Area, and Peter D. Van Oot of the firm’s Lebanon, N.H., office was Lawyer of the Year in environmental law in the Concord, N.H., area. Other Burlington-based lawyers honored are Andre D. Bouffard, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, and litigation-bankruptcy; Marc B. Heath, commercial litigation and litigation-construction; Robert B. Luce, commercial litigation and personal injury litigation-plaintiffs; Johan W. E. Maitland, employment law-management and labor law-management; Lawrence H. Meier, litigation-patent, patent law, copyright law, and trademark law; Thomas H. Moody, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, and venture capital law; Paul H. Ode, Jr., corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law; and William Roger Prescott, litigation and controversy-tax, and tax law. 
Best Lawyers also recognized Brattleboro attorneys Timothy E. Copeland, employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor and employment; and Peter B. Robb, employment law-management, and labor law-management. John H. Hollar of Montpelier was recognized for administrative/regulatory law and for his government relations practice.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of its efficiency effort. Annual savings included over 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 110,000 gallons of fuel oil, and $750,000 per year in energy costs.

Attorney Alan F. Sylvester of the Burlington law firm Sylvester & Brow was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in medical malpractice law-plaintiffs and personal injury litigation-plaintiffs.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was recognized by Ward Group, an Aon Hewitt company, as one of the top 50 property and casualty insurers in the United States. This the eighth consecutive year the company has been so honored.

August 2016

Lori Lustberg of Lori Lustberg , Esq. LLC earned her Certified Financial Planner designation and the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics credential. Lustberg is a mediator, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and non-practicing attorney.

Rabbi Stuart Jay Robinson, attorney at law, was nominated and accepted as a 2016 Top Ten Attorneys in Vermont by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Marissa Hurley and Wanda Gates, physical therapists at Franklin County Home Health Agency, have completed the training and are certified OASIS (Outcomes and Assessment Information Set) Specialists. OASIS is Medicare’s quality assessment tool for home care.

The law firm of Merritt & Merritt and its two directors, H. Kenneth Merritt Jr. (corporate/commercial) and Sharon J. Merritt (intellectual property) were listed in this year’s Chambers USA.

Encore Renewable Energy and Gardener’s Supply Co. have become Certified B Corporations by B Lab, an independent, nonprofit entity, recognizing they are green and sustainable companies that voluntarily meet higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance.

Citizens Bank’s mobile banking apps for iPhone and Android have received Javelin Mobile Banking Leader Awards from Javelin Strategy & Research. Javelin’s review of user ratings for mobile banking apps found the bank’s to be among the best in the industry.

Murphy Sullivan Kronk was ranked in the top tier of Vermont law firms practicing real estate law by Chambers USA in its 2016 rankings, identifying the firm as a “deep bench of talented practitioners handling a variety of matters, from office building acquisitions to leasing of telecommunications facilities.”

The 2016 edition of Chambers USA recognized 10 attorneys at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in their practice areas and recognizes the firm as among Vermont’s best in every category of practice. Lawyers recognized are Afi Ahmadi, David Gurtman, Brian R. Murphy, Jeffrey J. McMahan, Amy M. McLaughlin, Jeffrey J. Nolan, Karen McAndrew, Ritchie Berger, Austin Hart, and Molly Langan.

Four managers at the Addison County Home Health & Hospice obtained Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) education and certification: Anne Nichols, RN, BSN, manager of the south territory; Becky Bonvouloir, RN, BSN, manager of the north territory; Jason LeBeau, manager of therapy services; and Angela Allard, RN, BSN, Addison’s clinical educator.

June 2016

Lori Lustberg of Lori Lustberg Esq. LLC earned her Certified Financial Planner designation and the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics credential. Lustberg is a mediator, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and non-practicing attorney.

May 2016

Wine Spectator magazine featured the Barnard wine vineyard run by Dierdre Heekin and her husband, Caleb Barber, recalling the unlikely journey behind their award-winning wine label La Garagista. Heekin and Barber are also the chef-owners of osteria pane e salute restaurant in Woodstock.

Sixteen lawyers at Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer were named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers.

Ritchie E. Berger and Karen McAndrew of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew were featured in Benchmark Litigation 2016 as Litigation Stars. Twelve of the firm’s attorneys were named in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers.

Twelve directors and an associate at Paul Frank + Collins were recognized in the 2015 issue of New England Super Lawyers. The firm was also recommended in the 2016 editions of Benchmark Litigation and U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Attorney Alan F. Sylvester of Sylvester & Brow was chosen for the 2015 edition of New England Super Lawyers. The firm was also recognized in the 2016 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

H. Kenneth Merritt Jr. and R.W. Eli Moulton III, director of Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, were named to the 2015 New England Super Lawyers list.

Stephen A. Unsworth of Unsworth Law PLC was selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers list. He has been on the list each year since its creation in 2007.

Blanche Podhajski, the president of the Stern Center for Language and Learning, was recognized by Tech and Learning Magazine as one of the four authors of the MindPlay Teacher Companion, an eight-module online professional development course for K-12 educators.

Three Vermont homes designed by LineSync Architecture were featured in the book LEEDing the Way: Domestic Architecture for the Future (2015, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.).

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs was profiled in Accounting Today, a national publication with a circulation exceeding 60,000, for its development and implementation of an official corporate social responsibility policy.

Sylvester & Brow PLLC attorneys Alan F. Sylvester and Michael S. Brow were chosen for inclusion in the 2016 edition of New England’s Best Lawyers.

U.S. News & World Report named Vermont Law School Number 1 in the nation for environmental law. In the last 26 years, VLS was ranked First in environmental law 18 times, and Second, eight times.

Rutland Regional Medical Center was designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care.

Sterling College was recognized with a STARS Gold Rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its sustainability achievements. The college was also granted a new five-year accreditation by the Association for Experimental Education.

Sandra Steingard, M.D., chief medical officer at the Howard Center, was keynote speaker at the Western Australia Annual Mental Health Conference in Perth; and gave presentations at the Queensland Mental Health Commission; the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists; and the Cairns, Brisbane, and Elstenwick Headspace centers.

NPI Technology Management has achieved Cisco System’s Premium Level by completing the Express Foundation Specialization with a focus on the infrastructure of client’s networks. Matt Beckert and Nick Hinge contributed to the project.

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