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Central Vermont businesses team up for charity

BARRE — For the third year in a row, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool have teamed up to help provide warm, Merino wool socks and much-needed support to Vermont’s homeless population in preparation for the state’s colder months.

From Sept. 5-8, Lenny’s is offering 25 percent off socks during the 3rd Annual Charity Sock Sale. With every pair of Darn Tough and Smartwool socks sold during the sale, a pair will be donated to local homeless shelters. In addition, Lenny’s will make a monetary donation for each pair sold. The organizations receiving the donations include the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Williston, the Samaritan House in St. Albans, and the Good Samaritan Haven in Barre. Last year, Lenny’s stores in those communities donated over $13,000 worth of socks and support to local shelters.

“The annual Charity Sock Sale at Lenny’s stores is an event we’ve come to look forward to participating in each year,” said Ric Cabot, President of Darn Tough Vermont. “Everyone deserves access to warm clothing, and this sale is an easy way to get a bunch of our neighbors into a pair of premium, Merino wool socks just in time for another Vermont winter.”

Buttura joins Signal Advertising

MONTPELIER — Holly Buttura has been promoted to Production Manager at Signal Advertising in Montpelier. Buttura, a Montpelier native living in Barre Town, has been with the company since 2008. She will continue to work designing websites and managing email marketing for Signal’s clients. In her new role she also receives work requests, manages workflow and serves as liaison among contact people of Signal’s larger clients and the company’s team of designers and programmers.

“Holly’s persistence and careful attention to detail has served our clients very well over the last five years. As it became clear over the last several months we needed to establish a more formal point of contact to better serve some of our more active clients, it was also clear Holly was the perfect person for the job,” says Founder and Chief Executive Officer David Zahn.

Dr. Hahn joins Gifford staff

RANDOLPH — Vermont native Dr. Jesse Hahn has joined the orthopedic surgery team at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, providing surgical and non-surgical care for injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. A native of Essex, Hahn is a graduate of Essex High School and the University of Richmond in Virginia. He went on to earn his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency and served on the faculty as a clinical instructor.

Hahn has now joined Gifford full-time, is staying in Randolph and is relishing the opportunity to provide local care. Hahn provides care for all types of bone, joint and tendon injuries. Early in his medical education, he contemplated a career in pediatrics. Orthopedic care for children and adolescents consequently remains a special interest of Hahn’s along with trauma, fractures and upper extremity ailments.

Hahn is a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association and AOTrauma, an international community of trauma and orthopedic surgeons, researchers and operating room personnel. In the spring, he begins a trauma fellowship, first in Germany and then in California.

— Staff Reports

Vermont Mutual honors workers

MONTPELIER — On Aug. 20, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group held its annual 25 Year Club dinner and meeting. Each year Vermont Mutual hosts a reception and dinner to honor those employees, both active and retired, who have given at least 25 years of service to the company. Current membership includes 31 active employees and 21 retirees.

Those being honored for 25 years of service were Christine Blanchard, Kevin Croteau and Tina Widmer. In addition to those recognized for 25 years, Carol Goss was honored for 30 years and Tina Manning was honored for 35 years.

Founded in 1828, the Vermont Mutual Insurance Company is one of the oldest mutual insurance companies in the United States. The Group markets property and casualty products through independent agents throughout New England and New York and currently provides coverage for more than 285,000 policyholders.

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