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Ed Rasavage and Dave Ivkovich accepted two Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Second Restaurant by Volt Owner in the Works

If you can’t get a reservation at Volt restaurant in downtown Frederick, you might have a better chance at a planned new restaurant by the same owner.

Famed Volt restaurant owner/chef Bryan Voltaggio said he plans to open a second, more “family-friendly” restaurant in downtown Frederick. However, Voltaggio has been tight-lipped about specifics.

Voltaggio declined to comment about his new venture, saying through his public relations manager that “he is busy working with local investors and busy discussing confidential plans.” It has been reported in local media that the second restaurant will have a unique concept, but specifics thus far have not been released.

“At this time, he really cannot commit to commenting any further on the project without being redundant or giving away new information. The latter would jeopardize the current stage he is at in the planning with outside individuals,” public relations manager Bronwyn Jimenez said in an e-mail to The Town Courier.

In 2008 Voltaggio opened his restaurant in Frederick, converting a 19th-century brownstone building on North Market Street known as the Houck Mansion into one of the most hard-to-get dining tickets in the region. He and his brother, Michael Voltaggio, gained national recognition as contestants on Season 6 of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Las Vegas” series. Michael won the contest, and Bryan came in second.

Mackintosh Associate Installed as NAR Treasurer

Bill Armstrong, a sales professional with Mackintosh Realtors, was recently installed to the 2011 Leadership Team of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), an organization with more than 1.2 million members, 54 state associations and more than 1,400 local associations.

NAR’s 2011 installation of officers took place in New Orleans, La., during the organization’s annual convention.

With more than 26 years of experience, Armstrong has a vast background in the real estate industry, having served as president of both the Frederick County (FCAR) and Maryland Associations of Realtors while also serving on committees for both organizations, as well as the NAR. In addition, he has been an advisory board member of the Johns Hopkins University Masters of Real Estate program since 2000.

Armstrong has been involved in assisting local organizations such as the Frederick Arts Council, American Heart Association, Rotary Club of Frederick, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way and several others.

He has received many professional awards including overall top producer and top sales honors; FCAR’s Distinguished Sales Associate; and FCAR’s Realtor of the Year.

Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital Welcomes Dr. Erin Frey

Dr. Erin Frey, veterinarian and Urbana resident, is the newest lead doctor at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., and raised in Hockessin, Del., Frey joined the practice in December. Frey graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston College. During her tenure at B.C., Frey pursued both the research and clinical elements of animal medicine with internships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tri-State Bird Rescue, and the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.

Frey received her doctorate in veterminary medicine North Carolina State University, where she became a member of Phi Zeta, the veterinary honor society.

Frey is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association.

Talon Construction Earns Awards

Talon Construction, Inc. has earned 2010 awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry including the Contractor of the Year Awards and Grand Winner of a Residential Kitchen Remodel between $100,000 and $150,000. The company was also named Grand Winner of a Residential Addition under $250,000.

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