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The Capital Region Food Program elected ERIN REARDON LAMBERT of Bow as vice chair of the board of trustees. JARRETT DUNCAN of Dunbarton and PETER HAYDEN of Concord were elected trustees. Lambert is a project manager with Nobis Engineering. Duncan is an attorney in the administrative and environmental law department of McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton. Hayden is an operations manager with Agile Magnetics.

ALEXANDRA BREED of Gilford, a lawyer with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, was named Concord's Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Law for 2013 in The Best Lawyers in America. Breed is a member of the Real Property and Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate sections of the New Hampshire Bar Association and is member of the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council.

BARRY NEEDLEMAN of Hopkinton, a director of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton's environmental department since 2000, was named Concord's Lawyer of the Year 2013 for Environmental Law in The Best Lawyers in America. Needleman has chaired the Environmental Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association and has served on the board of directors for the New England BioSolids and Residuals Association and the Adirondack Mountain Club.

JAMES KEROUAC of Concord has been elevated to counsel at Nixon Peabody in Manchester. Kerouac concentrates his practice on the transactional aspects of real estate and commercial lending. He has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 for exceptional standing in the legal community.

CINDY OXTON of Center Sandwich celebrated 25 years of employment at Meredith Village Savings Bank on Oct. 5. Oxton joined the bank in the fall of 1987 as a teller in the Center Harbor office. She was most recently promoted in 2007 to regional vice president, branch and business development manager of the bank's central region, with responsibilities for overseeing the Center Harbor, Moultonboro Corner and main offices.

HEATHER KRANS, an attorney who specializes in domestic relations law with the Stein Law Firm of Concord, was named in the Best Lawyers in America 2013. She joins fellow attorneys SKIP CAMPBELL and BOB STEIN, each of whom has been in Best Lawyers since 2008 and 1989, respectively.

MARK JONCAS of Laconia was promoted to assistant vice president of business technology services at Meredith Village Savings Bank. Joncas joined the bank in 2008 as the bank's business analyst. Before joining the bank, he worked for a global telecom equipment manufacturer.

MICHELLE BERSAW joined Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension as a 4-H program coordinator. Bersaw has been involved with the organization for a number of years, first as a 4-H member participating in the Merrimack River Valley 4-H Dairy Club and then as a leader.

Eighteen attorneys from the Concord law firm of Sulloway & Hollis were selected to be included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Recipients include: R. CARL ANDERSON, real estate law; JAMES BARNEY, real estate law, litigation - real estate; DOUGLAS CHAMBERLAIN, employee benefits law; IRVIN GORDON, commercial litigation; PETER IMSE, real estate law; EDWARD KAPLAN, employment law - individuals, employment law - management, labor law - management, personal injury litigation - plaintiffs; MICHAEL LAFOND, health care law; ROBERT LANNEY, medical malpractice law - defendants, personal injury litigation - defendants; MICHAEL LEHMAN, medical malpractice law - defendants, personal injury litigation - defendants; MICHAEL LONERGAN, mediation, personal injury litigation - defendants, personal injury litigation - plaintiffs; PETER MEYER, medical malpractice law - defendants; MARGARET NELSON, energy law, insurance law, tax law; JAMES OWERS, workers' compensation law - employers; JEANINE POOLE, employment law - individuals, employment law - management, labor law - management; FRED POTTER, corporate law; ELISE SALEK, litigation - trusts and estates, trusts and estates, tax law; CHARLES SHERIDAN JR., corporate law, trusts and estates; and RONNA WISE, family law.

MATTHEW KASPER was named director of sales for New England with U.S. Cellular. Kasper leads all sales activities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He has been with the company for more than six years.

DENISE GALLAGHER of Bow joined Affinity Investment Group, an Exeter-based investment management firm, as client services manager. She will oversee client service, internal controls and client management. She brings a board scope of client service expertise after working previously as a supervisor in the financial services industry.

U.S. Rep. CHARLIE BASS was honored by the National Federation of Independent Business with its Guardian of Small Business award for his support of pro-growth policies that will help small businesses succeed.

Upton & Hatfield announces that two of the practice's attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. HEATHER BURNS was named 2013 Concord Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year. ROBERT UPTON II was named 2013 Concord Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.

Douglas, Leonard & Garvey announces that C. KEVIN LEONARD was named to the 2012 New England Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New Hampshire. Leonard was selected in the Employment Law category. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

PHILLIP DAVIS JR. joined Sparks Employment Group in Concord as business development manager. He has eight years of experience in the employment industry and will be building new client relationships in the Concord/Lakes Region area.

CRAIG BLOUIN of Henniker, who recently retired from the American Cancer Society, has been elected a director of the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition. Among his responsibilities in the health initiative area of the New Hampshire office of the American Cancer Society, Blouin, a prostate cancer survivor, co-facilitated prostate cancer support groups in Lebanon and Concord. For several years he also managed the society's ''We Can'' weekend, an annual retreat for cancer patients, caregivers and family members.

MARY STUART was named the residential loan originator at St. Mary's Bank, responsible for leading residential lending efforts in the greater Concord area and the Lakes Region. She has more than 20 years experience in sales and customer service in the mortgage and real estate industries. She recently worked for People's United Bank as a financial services manager. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.

JANE LAW of Concord was awarded Accreditation in Public Relations certification from the Public Relations Society of America. Law is a communications director with New Hampshire Housing in Manchester.

JOANNE GAGNON of Manchester, assistant vice president at Merrimack County Savings Bank in Concord and an active member of Leadership Greater Concord, was awarded the Employee STAR of the Month award for August. The award was presented for her dedication, positive attitude and exceptional commitment to community.

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