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Community and Business News in Brief, Apr. 5, 2023


Energy Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

The Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee seeks new members to support the city’s transition off fossil fuels according to its March 26 e-newsletter.

“Since its inception nearly 10 years ago, MEAC has been instrumental in Montpelier’s progress from 0% renewable energy to now nearly 50% renewable energy use for municipal buildings and operations. And we are on track to achieve our goal to be net zero by 2030 — but to do it in the next seven years we need more help!” stated the newsletter. 

The committee invites interested residents to attend an upcoming meeting, or read more about its past projects at netzeromontpelier.org. Committee members are appointed by the city council. To apply, fill out an application at montpelier-vt.org/CommitteeApplication.

—Bridge staff

From Opera House to Solid Waste

Dan Casey, the longtime executive director of the Barre Opera House, is now the new general manager of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. Last week the district announced it has hired Casey to lead the municipal organization.

Casey has also worked as the program director at the Onion River Arts Council; community relations manager at the Hunger Mountain Co-Op; as the fundraising and public relations specialist for the Family Center of Washington County; and project manager for Greater Holyoke, Inc., a downtown revitalization agency. He has a master’s in literature and a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

“I welcome Dan to the district, I am looking forward to working with him in this new chapter of CVSWMD,” said the district’s board chair Fred Thumm.

—press release

Rizzo Named ED of Diversion Program

Meg Rizzo. Photo by Scott Rizzo.
The Washington County Diversion Program’s board of directors recently announced that Meg Rizzo has been named executive director. The local nonprofit organization provides a range of restorative justice programs for the communities within Washington County.

Rizzo joined the diversion program in 2018 as the pretrial service coordinator and as a case manager and was appointed the interim executive director in June. Her experience includes work with Washington County Mental Health Services and the state of Vermont, Family Services Division.

Growing up and working in central Vermont she is keenly aware of the challenges facing the county. Rizzo is committed to the restorative justice process and is dedicated to the people she serves. 

“We feel so fortunate to have Meg as our executive director. Having a person in this role with her experience, knowledge, and dedication and the added bonus of continuity is very important to the success of the organization,” said Meg Provost, the board chair. 

—press release

Capstone Hires New Support Services Director

Linda Anderson. Courtesy photo.
Capstone Community Action has hired Linda Anderson as its new family and community support services director. Anderson will support and grow programs that advance the basic needs of low-income Vermonters through home heating and utility assistance and housing counseling and homelessness prevention. 

Anderson has a 21-year history in administrative roles, starting as town clerk and treasurer for the town of Hancock. After that she was the administrative assistant and then office manager for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont; she has held multiple positions within the Family and Community Support Services department of Capstone for the last 11 years. 

—press release

Boardman Elected to Union Mutual Board

Scott Boardman. Courtesy photo.
Scott Boardman was recently elected to the board of directors of the Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company and the New England Guaranty Insurance Company. 

Boardman retired in February after 40 years with the Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, where he worked as the property and casualty agent, vice president, executive vice president, and then chief operating officer. Boardman currently serves as a director of A.N. Deringer, and PC Construction Company. He is married to Carol Boardman and they have four grown children.

—press release

Pembroke Makes Deans List

Ella Pembroke, of Middlesex, was named to the 2022 fall semester Dean’s List at Simmons University in Boston.

—press release