BRGNS seeks donations for rummage sale; Chester playgroups sought; Komen event raises $30,000

The folks at Black River Good Neighbor Services are seeking donations of saleable goods for their annual spring rummage sale. The sale is scheduled for late May.

BRGNS rummageThe rummage sale includes all sorts of clothing, shoes, housewares, books and furniture of all types. BRGNS is looking for bureaus and dressers, beds, bunk beds, bedding, dining and kitchen tables and chairs, and small appliances and tools. It will not accept large appliances or televisions.

Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase food for the food shelf or used for financial assistance programs in the community. BRGNS also runs a thrift store at 37B Main St. in Ludlow – behind the Ludlow Community Center. Its programs serve Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth. Black River Good Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are tax deductible.

If you have something to donate, please bring it to the thrift store. For large items, please call ahead to 802-228-3663.

Playgroups sought for Chester

The Springfield Area Parent Child Center and Building Bright Futures is looking to bring additional free playgroups to the Chester community.  It is hoping to give every child and caregiver access to this fun learning experience.  To anyone interested in helping to establish or participating in local playgroups or if you have an existing playgroup, contact Justin Parrott at or by phone at 886-5242 ext. 241

Snowshoe event raises $30,000 for Komen

The Rack Pack snowshoeing for a cure. Photo by Katy Adonna

The Rack Pack snowshoeing for a cure. Photo by Katy Adonna

On a Sunday morning in late February, 272 women and men gathered at Stratton Mountain’s Sun Bowl, donned snowshoes, trekked 2 miles on an improvised course and  raised more than $30,000 for Susan G. Komen VT-NH – and 75 percent of those funds will be granted to breast cancer organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire

“All I can say is ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who made this weather-dependent event a huge success in what can only be called a challenging year, snow-wise,” said Terry Farkas, Komen VT-NH’s executive director. “That includes our fabulous snowshoers, of course, the incredible folks at our host mountain, Stratton, for pulling together a beautiful 2-mile course on the fly, Tubbs for donating all the loaner snowshoes and, without a doubt, our tireless volunteers.”

While most participants ambled along the wooded trail at a leisurely pace others tackled the up-mountain and down course. Mike Owens came in first with a time of 11:34, Siobhan Collins took silver with a finish of 15:43 and Jen Kuzmich came in third at 17:43.

For team participation, 21 teams stepped up, with the 18-member Freezin’ for a Reason juggernaut taking the No. 1 spot by pulling in a whopping $13,000.

For more information on Komen VT-NH and the upcoming Races for the Cure in Portsmouth, N.H., and May 7 and Manchester, Vt. on July 23, visit or call 802-362-2733.

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