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Teddy bear picnic

Liam Brown, 4, of Essex Junction, left, and Evan Gorun, 4, of Essex Town, hold up their teddy bears. This is Liam’s first year at the picnic.

Liam Brown, 4, of Essex Junction, left, and Evan Gorun, 4, of Essex Town, hold up their teddy bears. This is Liam’s first year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

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Noah, 8, and Jenna Jeter, 5, of Essex Junction, make their teddy bears dance together. This is the Jeter’s third year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

Noah, 8, and Jenna Jeter, 5, of Essex Junction, make their teddy bears dance together. This is the Jeter’s third year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

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Mary Graf, holds Einstien Bear at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic held at Maple Street Park in Essex Junction on Tuesday afternoon. This annual picnic has been a summer tradition for more than 20 years. This is Graf’s 20th year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

Mary Graf, holds Einstien Bear at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic held at Maple Street Park in Essex Junction on Tuesday afternoon. This annual picnic has been a summer tradition for more than 20 years. This is Graf’s 20th year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

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Max, 15 months, tries on some sunglasses. This is Max’s first year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

Max, 15 months, tries on some sunglasses. This is Max’s first year at the picnic. | ELSIE LYNN

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Vermont National Guard announces Purple Heart ceremony

Vermont National Guard Announces Purple Heart Ceremony_KLCThe Vermont National Guard announces that Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, in coordination with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Senator Bernie Sanders, will present a Purple Heart award to the family of Mr. John H. Demag, in the Cedar Creek Room of the Statehouse on Wednesday, July 9.

Mr. John Demag was born in Essex in 1893.  He enlisted in the Army in February 1918 and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in June, 1918. Cpl. Demag was wounded in action in August of 1918 and was awarded a wound chevron at that time.  Cpl. Demag is eligible to receive the Purple Heart award posthumously, which his family has requested.

For further information contact Capt. Dyana Allen (802) 338-3478 or (802) 734-1677.

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VHFA announces executive manager retirement and promotion

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) announced on July 7 that Patricia Loller, Director of Administration, will be retiring from the agency effective July 15.  Concurrently, Maura Collins will be promoted to the position of Director of Administration and Policy.

“Pat has been my right hand since I joined the agency 15 years ago,” VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter explained.  “Her dedication to VHFA’s mission and unmatched diligence have guided so many ground-breaking improvements in the way the agency operates.”

Loller, a long-time South Burlington resident, was named Vermont’s Human Resource Professional of the year in 2013.  In addition to overseeing both the human resources and information technology departments as VHFA’s Director of Administration, Loller has served as vice president and Society for Human Resources Management representative on the board of the Vermont Human Resource Association.  She joined VHFA in 1998.

Upon her departure, Loller will pass the reins for VHFA administration to Collins, currently the agency’s Policy and Planning Manager.  In her new role, Collins will oversee both the agency’s administrative functions as well as its research and communications activities.  She will also continue to serve as VHFA’s legislative liaison for Vermont’s congressional delegation.

“Among all the players who build, operate and finance housing, Maura has emerged as one of the state’s most effective coalition builders and communicators,” commented Sarah Carpenter, VHFA’s Executive Director.  “I am delighted to have her helping me lead the agency in an expanded capacity.”

Collins, of Essex Junction, received the Rising Star Award from the Vermont Business Magazine in 2012.  This award recognized Collins as one of Vermont’s top 40 young leaders younger than 40.

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Vermont Trophy and Engraving acquires Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts

Vermont Trophy and Engraving shakes hands with Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts. Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts, of Essex Junction, was acquired by Vermont Trophy and Engraving on July 11 after Steve Shover, owner of the Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts, decided to retire. Business will continue at Vermont Trophy’s location in Colchester. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Vermont Trophy and Engraving shakes hands with Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts. Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts, of Essex Junction, was acquired by Vermont Trophy and Engraving on July 11 after Steve Shover, owner of the Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts, decided to retire. Business will continue at Vermont Trophy’s location in Colchester. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Vermont Trophy and Engraving announced the acquisition of the Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts of Essex Junction on July 11. Vermont Trophy and Engraving has focused on developing the business-to-business market since Steve and Margi Swett bought the company in 1996. With the purchase of the Engraving Bench they will now add to their company a well-established customer base.

“This is a natural expansion for us,” Margi Swett, owner of Vermont Trophy and Engraving said. “As Steve Shover, owner of the Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts is looking to retire. We feel we can easily assimilate his customers into ours pretty seamlessly. Vermont Trophy and Engraving is dedicated to serving the Engraving Bench customers with the same integrity and dedication we have with our own customers all these years,” Swett said.

The storefront in Essex Junction will close; the inventory and equipment will be relocated to Vermont Trophy and Engraving’s location at 566 Hercules Drive in Colchester.