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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,

As we put away our rakes and get out our warmer clothing we are gearing up for holiday baskets.  We have put together the following list of gifts for kids, for folks that want to get a jump on their holiday shopping. These are items we will be looking for.
Commonly requested items:
Spin toothbrushes, especially musical
Matchbox cars and accessories
Action figures, (Superman or Star Wars Characters)
Puzzles and games
Arts and craft kits
Paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, paints
Play dough
Barbie and accessories
Jewelry, headbands, nail polish
Baby dolls
Age appropriate toys for infants and toddlers
Pajamas, socks, hats, winter gloves, scarves, sweatshirts
Dora the explorer and Bob the builder items
Sports equipment and posters

We are watching the sales ads for canned goods that we put into the baskets.  Our stuff-a-bus is December 6, 2014.
This can be a very tough time of year for your neighbors because their fuel assistance funds are not yet available but it can get rather cold without heat. Rest assured that we will do what we can to assist if they need us.   If you know of someone in need please, send them our way. As you close up your home for the winter if it seems crowed please consider donating some furniture to our used furniture store.  All donations are tax deductible and we could really use some stock.

We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you at our furniture and thrift stores.

Take Care,


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!

November 1:  Stick Season Social

December 6:  Stuff-a-Bus

December 18:  Christmas Basket Packing

December 22:  Christmas Basket Delivery


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!!

Check HERE for Calendar Details



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October 24, 2014