Vermont Hard Cider, Porter Healthcare, Addison Repertory, Lorraine Franklin and Karen Hennessy win Addison awards

first_imgThe Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses, organizations, and individuals with its annual awards during the Chamber’s annual meeting held on September 8th at the Middlebury Inn. Four awards were presented in front of a crowd of 100 attendees which included Chamber members, local business people and other dignitaries. In addition to the award presentations, the Chamber membership voted on a new board of directors. Vermont Hard Cider Company was presented with the Business of the Year Award which is given to a business located in Addison County that demonstrates excellent business practices and provides a positive impact on the community. According to Andy Mayer, Chamber president, ‘Vermont Hard Cider’s growth, commitment to Addison County, and commitment to the environment, while enhancing theVermont brand make them a natural choice for the award.’ In addition to the Business of the Year award, the Addison County Chamber presented its Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award which is given to an individual who has made numerous contributions to the community without the expectation of acknowledgement. This year two recipients were presented with the award’Lorraine Franklin of Addison and Karen Hennessy of Crown Point, N.Y. Franklin and Hennessy are co-founders of the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition. Rep. Diane Lanpher, District 3, said, ‘As co-founders of the Coalition, they demonstrated the necessary spirit to achieve success by using their tenacity to hold communities together. Without their efforts I believe area businesses and workers would have fractured into less than effective entities. They showed extraordinary leadership, refusing to settle for anything less than full unity. This unity comes in the form of a bridge. Their effort to reconnect their once separated communities has been relentless.’ The Chamber’s Community Achievement Award is given to a not-for-profit organization for outstanding services and leadership to the community. The Chamber recognized Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center as an outstanding healthcare provider and business. According to just one of the nominations, ‘Helen Porter’s kind and compassionate care is the norm rather than the exception. They have made the facility welcoming, cheerful and homelike, which enhances the patient’s well being and that of the staff and visitors as well.’ Addison Repertory Theater was recognized as this year’s Business Education Partnership Award recipient. This award recognizes extraordinary programs, people or initiatives which link the business and education communities to bridge the gap between the workforce of today and the one we will need tomorrow. The A.R.T., under the extraordinary direction of Candace Burkle and Steve Small, has provided a home for students allowing them to flourish in many aspects of their lives because of their passion for and accomplishments in acting, writing, directing and producing plays. Annual meeting attendees voted on the board of directors for the 2011-2012 year. New to the board this year are Sam Cutting IV, Dakin Farm; Don Devost, Addison Advisors and Kelley Mills, Hannaford CareerCenter. All are serving one-year terms expiring at the 2012 annual meeting. The board and members of the Chamber recognized Mike McLaughlin, Bread Loaf Corporation; Lynn Coale, Hannaford Career Centerand Paul Richey who are leaving the board after serving their terms. Kris Merchant, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, is the outgoing chairperson while Jeff Costello, Costello Home Works, is the incoming chairperson. Other board members include: ·         Bonita Bedard, Vermont HoneyLights, representing Five Town Business Council·         Dan Brown, Swift House Inn·         *Tim Buskey, Vergennes Residential Care·         David Donahue, Middlebury College·         Donna Donahue, Better Middlebury Partnership·         Robin Huestis, Round Robin Upscale Resale Shop·         *Andy Mayer, Addison County Chamber·         *Kate McGowan, United Way of Addison County·         Kris Merchant, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, immediate past president·         *Steve Misasi, Misasi & Misasi, PC·         Mike Rainville, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, representing Addison County Economic Development Corporation·         Bill Sayre, A. Johnson Lumber Company, representing Addison County Regional Planning Commission·         Bill Townsend, J.P. Carrara & Sons·         Grover Usilton, National Bank of Middlebury * Designates Chamber Officers About Addison County Chamber of Commerce The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com(link is external) Photo captions: Outgoing_incoming_chairs: From L to R: Kris Merchant, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, outgoing chairperson; Andy Mayer, president, Addison County Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Costello, Costello Home Works, incoming chair. Biz_Edu_Partnership: From L to R: Robin Huestis, Round Robin Upscale Resale Shop, congratulates Steve Small, Addison Repertory Theater at Hannaford Career Center. Biz_of_the_year: From L to R: Bill Townsend, J.P. Carrara & Sons, presents Chamber’s 2011 Business of the Year to Bret Williams, CEO, Vermont Hard Cider Company. Citizens_of_the_year: From L to R: Lorraine Franklin, owner, Champs Trading Post, Addison, VT; Diane Lanpher, Vermont State Representative; Karen Hennessy, owner, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Crown Point, NY. Franklin and Hennessy co-founded the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition.  Community_Achievement: From L to R: Lynn Coale, Hannaford Career Center, congratulates Neil Gruber, Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for winning the Chamber’s 2011 Community Achievement Award. Middlebury, Vermont ‘ September 13, 2011 ‘ The Addison County Chamber of Commercelast_img

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