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BRGNS Starts Preparing for the 2014 Version of the "Stick Season Social" Planned for November 1 at Sam's Restaurant

Black River Good Neighbor Services is geting ready for that outstanding social event of the fall!

Plans will shortly be detailed for the 5th annual Stick Season Social which will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 6 PM at Sam's Restaurant.

While details about the great meal, the silent auction, and the rest of the fun affair will be released shortly, you can get a jump on ensuring that you and your family and friends have a seat at the table now. Since there will only be 130 tickets sold, now is the time to get yours!

Click HERE to find out more about getting your tickets! Remember how much you enjoyed last year's SSS event!



Looking for a Job?; BRGNS needs your help!


BRGNS has employment opportunities - for a Thrift Store and Food Shelf Attendant - fill out the employment application by clicking HERE and send it or email it to Audrey Bridge at BRGNS. 

The Director's Report . . .


Hello Folks,

Hope this message finds you well and enjoying the weather.  As the summer begins to wind down we are thinking of all the families that need to buy back to school supplies. For some families this can create quite a burden especially the ones with more than one child.  We at BRGNS would like to help……………. Of course we don’t do anything without your support and generosity.  If you would like to help check our website for a needs list or swing by the store for up to minute information.  We appreciate your helping us “Pack that Backpack”. If you need our assistance or know someone who does they can get the application at the thrift store.

Due to your continued generosity and support we are always looking to assist in new and creative ways wherever we see a need. If you have any ideas we would love to hear from you.

Please remember our next rummage sale at Fletcher Farm is September 19th thru 21st.  Now would be a good time to consider baking and freezing or canning for the bake sale. 

We couldn’t do it without you.       

We hope to see you soon,


Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:


All summer - The Castle Restaurant in Proctorsville will be serving a 3 course dinner, featuring its excellent cuisine, for $25 - AND on Tuesday's, it will donate 50% of its proceeds to Black River Good Neighbors . . .

. . . Enjoy a great meal and know that you're helping someone else take care of their family!

October 11: Soup Challenge at Singleton's Store, starting a 12Noon, in Proctorsville to benefit BRGNS

October 23: 'A Taste of Fall', sponsored by BR High School, from 4-7 pm, to benefit BRGNS

November 1:  Stick Season Social

December 6:  Stuff-a-Bus

December 18:  Christmas Basket Packing

December 22:  Christmas Basket Delivery



Singleton’s store invites everyone to join us October 11th at noon for our 5th annual soup cook off. Bring your best soup down with your lucky ladle and a $10 entry fee. For those who aren’t chefs bring your appetite – you can be a judge! Judges taste at no cost but ask for donations – 100% of proceeds will go back into our community.

Prizes for the three top chefs-5 pounds of Singleton’s bacon is the top prize, with a Singleton’s hoodie 2nd place and a Singleton’s T-shirt for 3rd.

We also have an anonymous donor that matches whatever we make. This year we are donating to the Black River Good Neighbors, a non-profit organization that provides confidential, temporary food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need to return to self-sufficiency. BRGN serves individuals and families living in the towns of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mt Holly and Plymouth.

Also, we hope to raise funds to replace a memorial at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Years ago a young boy attended that school was diagnosed with leukemia and died. In memory of him his teachers, classmates and friends planted a tree for him by the flagpole. Almost 28 years later it was cut down. We would like to work with the community to put something in its place to remember Riley and his battle at such a young age.

In the past this event has funded the Greven’s ball field after Irene, The Cavendish Recreation Department skate park, and Nolan, a young boy who has battled leukemia twice before he was 5, now he is doing fine. So mark your calendars – October 11th rain or shine. Matt Flinn will provide electricity to the porch and the Proctorsville Fire Department will provide the tables – thanks guys! Come on down and see your neighbors and new friends – lots of fun and no one will leave hungry! Thank you all that support us and our community – see you there! 


Across Our Table 

Black River Good Neighbor Services is primarily a food shelf to help people in need.  So we distribute a lot of food, some of which may not be familiar to all people.  We try to find recipes to complement the food that we distribute and now we are producing a cooking show to introduce those recipes to everybody.  The show is called “Across Our Table” and features two of our volunteers, Doris Eddy and Peter LaBelle (pictured above in a scene from an episode of 'Across Our Table'), who discuss the recipes and the food while demonstrating.  The show is broadcast on LPC-TV and is also available on their website, www.LPCTV.org  (Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to see.)


We have also typed up the recipes and they are available by clicking here.


We hope that you find something useful in the show and we’d love to hear your comments.  Please e-mail them to BRGNS@TDS.net.  Bon Appetit!


A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

Everyone knows about mud season, summer season, foliage season and ski season here in Vermont.  But what about Stick Season?  Do you know when we experience “Stick Season”?  Well, it comes around every year in that narrow window between foliage and skiing – between fall’s colored leaves and winter’s white snow.  It happens after the leaf peepers leave and before the skiers descend on us.  Not much happens during Stick Season, but BRGNS tries to remedy that lack with some great entertainment.  Ladies and Gentlemen, on Saturday, November 1st BRGNS will host the fifth annual Stick Season Social!

Each year we hold a dinner and social at Sam’s Steakhouse to benefit our food and financial assistance programs.  As I repeat in all of my messages, “Hunger never takes a Holiday”.  We always have need of food for our shelves and that is particularly true when the area moves through a slow period.  We live in an area that is highly dependent on tourism and when the tourist trade drops off some folks find themselves between jobs and can use a helping hand.  So you can help them by coming to our Stick Season Social.

Besides getting a great dinner and Sam’s wonderful hospitality you also have the opportunity to bid in our silent auction and to enter multiple raffles.  There will be great prizes including a valuable “Vermont Mystery Box” that will be worth your bid.  If you want your name immortalized in an Archer Mayor novel, you can bid on that too.  We have art, theater, sports – both skiing and golf – great dining, entertainment, hardware, classes, and you can gaze at the night sky through a telescope.  All of this and more will be up for bid.

Tickets are available at the BRGNS Thrift Store, at People’s Bank, at the Wine and Cheese Depot, at the Book Nook and on line – right where you are reading this.  Just scroll up on this page and click where directed to purchase your tickets right now.  Cost is $55 per ticket.  And remember that BRGNS is a 501(c)(3) charity.  I hope to see you all there.


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Rummage Sales at Fletcher Farm -
Semi Annual Rummage Sale every Spring & Fall.  Come support your neighbors in need while getting great bargains. From Clothing, Furniture, Housewares, Books, Sporting Goods, Toys, Linens and Sooo Much More!! Friday & Saturday from 10 to 4pm Sunday from 10 to 2. Stop by Fletcher Farm's Rough Barn for incredible deals throughout the entire barn!!

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September 28, 2014