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Counseling Service celebrates 50 Years

MIDDLEBURY - The Counseling Service of Addison County celebrated its 50th birthday at the American Legion hall in Middlebury, with more than 160 guests.

The event, which was also the counseling service's annual meeting, featured speakers focusing on each of the five decades of the agency's history, beginning with Dottie Neuberger and Phyllis Severson, who spoke of the early years when the agency was located in the basement of the Middlebury Municipal Building. Other speakers included Rep. William Lippert (D), who worked at the counseling service for many years and was its Executive Director from 1985 to 1996.

The William J. Lippert, Jr. Advocacy Award was presented to another legislator, Rep. Michael Fisher (D), representing Monkton, Bristol and Lincoln, who is also a social worker at the Addison County Parent Child Center.

The Wilton W. Covey, M.D. Staff Award was presented to the agency's Electronic Medical Records Team "in recognition and with deep appreciation of their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Addison County community."

The Wilton W. Covey, M.D. Community Award was presented to Ryan Murphy, coordinator of Special Olympics for Addison County, "in recognition and with deep appreciation of her commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Addison County community."

The Holly Clook Award was presented to Kate Cook, intake coordinator at the counseling service, "in recognition and with deep appreciation for enhancing CSAC's vitality through creative use of humor, humanity, dedication and commitment."

Gov. Jim Douglas received a special-and humorous-recognition for his service to the State of Vermont and his support of services for Vermonters with mental health and development challenges. The governor served on the board of the service from 1973 to 1975.

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