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The Mountain Times receives accolades at the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association conference

By Christy Lynn

Members of The Mountain Times gather around “Best Ad Designer” Maxx Steinmetz, who holds up two first place awards won at the Advertising, Circulation and Marketing awards ceremony in Boston, Friday, Feb. 20.
Pictured (l-r): Jason Mikula, Erica Harrington, Lindsey Rogers, Maxx Steinmetz, Polly Lynn, and Kyle Finneron.

Staff report

The Mountain Times, a media company based in Killington that covers community news and events in Rutland and Windsor Counties, was recognized for its excellence in design and marketing during the Better Newspaper Competition held Friday, Feb. 20, in Boston.  In total, The Mountain Times took home four awards.

Advertising awards included: first place for “Real Estate Display Advertisement,” and third place for “Best Advertiser Campaign.” On the editorial side, The Mountain Times won first place for “Education Reporting,” (an award Mountain Times Editor and Co-publisher Polly Lynn shared with other Lynn Publication editors who collaborated on the piece, including Courtney Lamdin, Michelle Monroe, Lee Kahrs, and John McCright). The most prestigious award won, however, was the “Graphic Designer of the Year” award, which was presented to Maxx Steinmetz.

A full list of awards won by other Lynn Publications media outlets is listed below.

Lynn Publication newsgroup includes: The Reporter, The Addison Independent, Vermont Ski & Ride Magazine, Vermont Sports Magazine, The Essex Reporter, The Colchester Sun, Milton Independent and St. Alban’s Messenger in addition to Freedom Publications, Route 802 and LocalvoreToday.

Lynn Publications NENPA Awards 2015



1st place – Health Reporting, John Flowers’ story on Suboxone

1st place – Sports column, Andy Kirkaldy

1st place – Local Election Coverage, staff coverage of town meetings

1st place – Online advertisement, Cacklin’ Hens ad

1st place – Special section/Advertising supplement, “The Power of Pink”

1st place- Best contest, Super Bowl contest


2nd place – advertiser campaign

2nd place – multimedia campaign for an advertiser

2nd place – special section supplement

2nd place – best contest

2nd place – automotive display ad

2nd place – general excellence — Staff

2nd place – humor columnist — Jessie Raymond

2nd place – spot news story — Zach Despart

2nd place – editorial commentary — Angelo Lynn

2nd place – environmental reporting — Matthew Witten


3rd place – humor columnist — Trent Campbell

3rd place – government reporting — Zach Despart

3rd place – human interest feature story — Zach Despart

3rd place – sports photo — Trent Campbell

3rd place – overall design/presentation — Staff

3rd place – best niche publication — Staff (Vt. Ski & Ride)

3rd place – serious columnist — Eric Davis

3rd place – sports column — Karl Lindholm

3rd place – themed multiple advertiser page


Hon. mention – best web site — Staff

Hon. mention – special section — Staff




1st Place: Arts & Entertainment Reporting, Elodie Reed;

1st Place: Environmental Reporting, Michelle Monroe;

1st Place: Education Reporting, Michelle Monroe, Courtney Lamdin, Lee Kahrs, Polly Lynn;



1st Place -Local Display Advertising – B/W – City of St. Albans – “Summer Concert Series” – Jeremy Read

1st Place -Contests – Messenger Monopoly-  6-wk. campaign

1st Place -Advertising General Excellence – Meet Your Business – supplement

1st Place -Local Display  Advertising – Color –  St. Albans Streetscape – contractor sponsor

1st Place -Advertiser Campaign  – Hannaford’s St. Albans- “Holiday Gift Boxes”    

1st Place -Themed Multiple Advertiser Page- Downtown St. Albans Streetscape

1st Place -Automotive Display Ad – Barrette Ford


2nd Place -Local Display Advertising – B/W – Civil War Days – – Messenger Ad Staff

2nd Place -Business Innovation – Restaurant Week, supplement, web site, social media


3rd Place -Advertiser Campaign  – Barrette Ford

3rd Place –  Real Estate Display  – Saturday Real Estate

3rd Place –  Newspaper Designed Insert – Beverage Mart – tab -“Well Designed &  Clear”

3rd Place –  Special Section/Advertising Supplement – “Breast Cancer Awareness”- pink-paper b-sheet




1st Place: Newspaper-Sponsored Promotion, Monster Mile fun run;

2nd Place: Courtney Lamdin, Transportation Reporting, following a ridealong with the town plow;

2nd Place: Courtney Lamdin, Local Personality Profile, for a piece about Milton High School teacher Peter Wyndorf’s innovation;

2nd Place: Abby Ledoux, Environmental Reporting, for a piece about trail improvements at Georgia’s Russell Greene Natural Area;

2nd Place: Audience Building Promotion, for our Brady Bunch themed Meet Your Business staff photo;

3rd Place: Best Overall Website for MiltonIndependent.com; and

Honorable Mention: General Excellence


1st Place: Graphic Designer of the Year (Maxx Steinmetz)

1st Place: Real Estate Display Advertisement

3rd Place: Best Advertiser Campaign



3rd Place: Local Advertising, black & white ad

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