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Last Mile Ride

RANDOLPH — The 14th annual Last Mile Ride, which included a 5K and family-friendly walk and motorcycle ride, raised more than $120,000 for end-of-life care in central Vermont.

Fifty-four businesses supported the 2019 Last Mile Ride with $60,440, including the following major sponsors: Wilkins Harley-Davidson, Northfield Savings Bank, Frankenburg Agency Inc., Neagley & Chase Construction Co., Gary & Mary West Foundation, The Kleeman Family Fund, Mascoma Savings Bank, FROGGY 100.9, Kinney Pike, MEMIC, Acadia Benefits, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, BKD, Booth Brothers, Consolidated Communications, Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary, Rain or Shine Tent Co. and Rural VT Real Estate.

CVHHH receives grants

This summer, Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice received grants from two Mad River Valley organizations: Lawson’s Finest Liquids brewer, which granted CVHHH $15,000 as a result of its charitable giving program, and the Mad River Valley Rotary, which granted CVHHH $2,500 to support the telemonitor program.

Legion membership

Harold Breer is the first new member to join American Legion Barre Post 10 as a result of the LEGION Act. Many Barre area veterans who served at least one day of active military duty at some time since Dec. 7, 1941, now have access to American Legion programs and benefits for which they were not previously eligible. For more information, call 479-9058.

Adult ed

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust donated $1,500 in support of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education’s free basic academic instruction for residents of Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties. The donation will help approximately 500 adults and teens annually to gain basic literacy skills, high school credentials, English Language Learning, career and college readiness skill.

Black belt

PLAINFIELD — Mike Carriveau, of Plainfield, was promoted to 8th degree black belt. The International Okinawan and Japanese Karate Association (Kokusai Mizukoori-Ryu Karate Jutsu Renmei) now recognizes Carriveau as their highest ranking black belt in Vermont in this style.

Thank you

Again, the Friends of the Aldrich Library have had a successful summer book sale held during the Barre Heritage Festival. As usual, many people worked very hard to make this another big event for the Friends and the library. We have been sorting books all year long with donations cheerfully received from so many people. We thank you for remembering us when you cleaned out the books in your homes. Even the weather cooperated.

There were so many people who helped us, including L. Brown, who let us store boxes of sorted books at their business during the year; Jerf’s Tent Rental; Jeff Bergeron, who supplied tables from the BOR; Price Chopper for the paper bags (at noon on Saturday, it’s “Fill Your Bag for $1”); CVSWMD who leave recycling boxes for us on Saturday after the sale. The library staff were big supporters and encouraged donations. Then, of course, there are the Friends and their friends who worked throughout the year sorting, boxing, carrying books and storing them, then moving all the books from downstairs in the library out to the lawn — a big job.

There are too many names to include here, but we all are so grateful to everyone who helped make this a wonderful and profitable event — over $3,400, all going to the library. It was a wonderful celebration for Barre. Congratulations to the Barre Heritage Festival organizers and congratulations to our terrific library. We all should be proud to have this library in our great city.

Christine Litchfield, Friends of the Aldrich Public Library president.

Thank you

Washington County Mental Health’s Doula Project would like to extend a big thank you to National Life Group Foundation for choosing to support this program with a generous grant this summer. It will make a real and lasting difference. The Doula Project includes three components — prenatal, labor and postpartum support.

Peace Corps

Kailey Stevens, 23, of Barre, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Morocco in September to begin training as a youth in development volunteer.

Stevens is the daughter of Amy and Chickey Stevens, of Barre, and a graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre, as well as the University of Vermont in Burlington, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2019. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she participated in clinical education and volunteer programs in Uganda, Tanzania and Florida.

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