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VBSR names Mark Curran of Black River Produce Winner of 2014 Terry Ehrich Award

BURLINGTON -- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility has chosen Mark Curran, founder and co-owner of Black River Produce, as the 2014 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Terry Ehrich's commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy and community.

"VBSR is so pleased to honor Mark with this award," said Andrea Cohen, executive director of VBSR. "Mark's professional career has been dedicated to the values of social responsibility, demonstrating that the ‘three P's' (People, Profit, and Planet) are essential for a strong and sustainable economy. Mark is joining an illustrious group of past Terry Ehrich award recipients and is undeniably worthy of this honor."

Since its inception in 1978, Black River Produce's main focus has been distributing locally grown product throughout New England. They now partner with 200 growers and producers with a team of 170 employees. Mark has served on numerous boards including the Vermont Fresh Network and currently serves on the Vermont Agriculture and Forest Products Development Board. This year Black River Produce completed renovations of an abandoned Ben & Jerry's plant into a state of the art meat processing facility providing market opportunities for Vermont farmers.

"VBSR has been a huge asset for our business. With the help of this organization we have better pursued our mission of matching high quality service with community benefits" said Curran.

The 2014 Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner will take place Sept. 9. The event, sponsored by Black River Produce, Prudent Living, Inc., Let's Grow Kids, Main Street Landing, Housing Vermont and Vermont Rural Ventures, People's United Bank, Efficiency Vermont and Renewable NRG Systems, will be held at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 for VBSR members and $85 for non-members. Ticket sales and more information are available at

American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary leaders elected for next year

MONTPELIER -- The American Legion Department of Vermont convened its 96th Annual Department Convention on June 26, 27 and 28 at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington. Officers were elected and installed to lead the organization for 2014-2015.

* Richard Gray, Harry N. Cutting Post 59 in Waterbury, was re-elected Department Commander.

* Fred Latour, Morristown Post 33 in Morrisville, is Senior Vice Commander.

* Eric Buckley, Squadron 5 in Brattleboro, was re-elected Detachment Commander of Sons of The American Legion.

* Henry Cleveland, Squadron 7 in Hardwick, was re-elected Senior Vice Commander.

* Lou Furry, Post 7 in Hardwick, was elected Director of the American Legion Riders.

* Todd Garthaffner, Post 27 in Middlebury, is Assistant Director.

* Priscilla Kleespies, Unit 30 in Lyndonville, is now Department President of the American Legion Auxiliary.

* Debra Tiernan, Unit 36 in Ludlow, was elected Department Vice President.

Images Cinema announces appointment of Doug Jones as executive director

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Images Cinema is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Jones as the organization's new executive eirector.

"We're thrilled to welcome Doug to Images Cinema," said John Strachan, chair of Images Cinema's Board of Directors. "We're confident that he will be a thoughtful, passionate leader on behalf of both the organization and the community as a whole. This leadership is especially inspiring as we approach the theater's 100-year anniversary."

Jones brings two decades of experience working for film festivals and nonprofit arts organizations. Jones was most recently Associate Director of Programming at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent. The annual festival showcases the best of American and international cinema to an audience of more than 92,000 filmgoers. Prior to that, he was Film and Video Programmer at the San Francisco International Film Festival and San Francisco Film Society, and as Program Director of the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis, Jones served as the main curator, as well as an integral part of theater operations and management.

A founding member of the nominations committee for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking and currently an associate programmer for the Philadelphia Film Festival, Jones has also written on film and film festivals for print and online publications like Indiewire, Twitch and Film Comment.

Jones follows the leadership of Sandra Thomas, who announced in March that she planned to resign after 12 years serving as the theater's executive director. During her tenure, Thomas oversaw the theater's renovation, the conversion to digital projection and the addition of the marquee on Spring Street. Under Thomas's leadership, Images Cinema's budget was stabilized, membership reached an all-time high, and programming diversified in exciting ways. Jones, who will move to Williamstown with his wife -- a Massachusetts native -- and their elementary school-aged son, is thrilled to take Images Cinema to the next level.

"When I was 14, I took my first job in film," said Jones, "working behind the concession stand at a neighborhood movie theater. Since then, I've never wavered in my belief in the power and pleasure of film. I look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge with Images Cinema and with the entire community of the Northern Berkshires."

Jones will begin in September.

Ellen Adams of Zippy Chicks attends Annual Resale Conference

MANCHESTER -- Ellen Adams, owner of Zippy Chicks, recently attended the NARTS 27th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The four-day conference is the industry's most comprehensive educational event of the year. Adams attended specialized resale workshops, stimulating networking sessions, motivating general sessions and a resale trade show during this focused program.

Adams joined as a member of NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals this past year. "We have an ongoing commitment at Zippy Chicks to continue our resale education and stay at the top of our profession," said Adams. "I left the meeting in Washington, D.C., with renewed energy, invaluable contacts and a multitude of fresh ideas to help us provide exceptional service and quality merchandising to our customers."

The shop has been a part of Manchester's retail scene since 2010. Zippy Chicks is a women's consignment shop that just recently celebrated their third year in business.

Since their debut on Manchester's Main Street, the store has grown to 1,500 consignors. They offer name brands for a fraction of the original cost -- specializing in women's clothing, accessories and footwear. New items are received daily.

Zippy Chicks is also committed to giving back to the community, working with charities such as, Heartworks of VT and Race for the Cure.

For further information, contact the store at 802-367-1064 or visit


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