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News briefs from BRGNS


Black River Good Neighbors Services is happy to welcome to its staff Keeley Crossman. Keeley, is a resident of the town of Plymouth and brings with her five years of retail experience.  She'll be working at the BRGNS Thrift Store five days a week and is eager to be of service to you.

Rolf vanSchaik has joined the BRGNS Board of Directors and brings with him years of experience in the community.  Rolf and his wife, Carolyn have resided in Cavendish for many years.  Rolf is replacing Nancy Tanzer who has relocated to Connecticut to be closer to family. Peter LaBelle, President of the Board said "Nancy was a very valued board member and she will be greatly missed, but we are lucky to have Rolf join us. He brings a great willingness to serve the community and invaluable local knowledge."


Peter LaBelle also pointed out that with the early closing of Okemo Mountain the annual April 1st food drive did not happen.  "The food that Okemo raised in the past helped our food shelf through months of need. This season we've had a perfect storm scenario, the usual November Food Drive was significantly reduced because of the lack of snow; the December Stuff A Bus was greatly hampered by Shaw's being reduced to a tent, and now the loss of the April 1st Food Drive is an additional blow.  So we hope that everyone will keep the Food Shelf in mind when they're shopping.  Of course another way to help is by donating money.  We can buy five times as much food through the Vermont Food Bank as an individual can buy shopping retail".

 Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS Food Shelf and Thrift Store added "The local Post Offices will be doing their annual food drive in May and as BRGNS is the only food shelf serving Ludlow, Belmont, Cavendish, Mt.Holly, Proctorsville and Plymouth we are hoping that our food shelf will be a major beneficiary of the Postal Food Drive from those communities. With the early closing of various seasonal businesses in our area the demand will be greater than ever".


BRGNS is in need of storage space for furniture.  If you have an empty building, or know someone else who does, and you are willing to donate the space for use by Black River Good Neighbors, please call Audrey at 802-228-3663.

BRGNS is located at 37B Main Street and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and serves the communities of Ludlow, Cavendish, Belmont, Mt. Holly, Proctorsville and Plymouth.

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