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Reed appointed managing broker

MANCHESTER -- Andrew Reed was recently appointed as managing broker at Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.

Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity names community relations associate

MANCHESTER -- In an effort to increase its scope of service in the southern part of Bennington County, the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate created a new position, Community Relations Associate, and appointed Mari Bennett to fill that position.

Mari’s initial priority will be to support the Home Buyer Selection Committee in its search for a family for a home BAHfH will build on Swallow Hill Road in Pownal in the spring and summer of 2015. Habitat is also looking for land on which to build and/or renovate area homes in 2016 and forward.

Mari will also help the affiliate consider applications for its Brush with Kindness projects. The affiliate completes minor home repairs that make an existing home safer and more economical for low income area residents.

Over the past several years, the affiliate has built several wheelchair ramps, repaired porches, and completed weatherization projects such as installing energy efficient windows and adding insulation.

A long-term resident of Bennington, Mari plans to draw upon her knowledge of the area to build greater awareness and support for Habitat’s projects.

Like all affiliates of Habitat for Humanity, the Bennington Area affiliate funds are raised from private donors, faith communities and businesses that are passionate about helping hard-working Vermonters to live in safe, sufficient, and affordable homes.

The Bennington Area affiliate completed its first home in 1999 and over the years has completed one whole house renovation, built 15 new homes, and completed a dozen Brush with Kindness projects. Habitat homes and Brush with Kindness projects are affordable for homeowners because these projects are completed by volunteers for whom there is no charge and they are financed with no-interest loans held by the affiliate.

People interested in being considered for homeownership or for a Brush with Kindness project should call the Habitat office at 802-367-1000 and or e-mail

Kevin Lynch recognized as Paul Harris Fellow

BENNINGTON -- Kevin Lynch, locally known as the owner of Kevin’s Sports Pub and Restaurant in North Bennington, has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Bennington’s Catamount Rotary Club for his outstanding community involvement.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in 1905.

Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

Lynch was surprised by the honor during the Catamount Rotary’s "Changing of the Guard" meeting held on July 1. Lynch is involved with several community activities, including but not limited to the senior lunch program at Kevin’s, Winterfest and Penguin Plunge, Vermont Arts Exchange, and Living History Day.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. For more information about Rotary, visit


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