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BRGNS Schedule Annual "Stick Season Social" for Nov. 7

The staff and volunteers at Black River Good Neighbor Services are again gearing up for their annual Stick Season Social and silent auction, which is scheduled for November 7, 2015. This year the event will be held again at Sam’s Steakhouse on Route 103 South in Ludlow. Pictured above is a scene from last year's Stick Season Social.

Right now the planners are focusing on the silent auction and raffle, which will have dozens of items on which diners can bid or take a chance. Last year there were over one hundred twenty great items between the silent auction, the raffle, and the door prizes and this year the expectation is that the field will be just as good.

However, the Social Committee needs merchandise to auction or raffle and is asking for help from the community to donate items for the event. Since BRGNS is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization all donations are tax deductible. Donors will be recognized in several ways during the evening’s festivities, both orally and in print. Businesses that wish to become sponsors of the event will also be recognized in multiple ways as well.

If you can help, please call Audrey at the BRGNS office, 228-3663 or call Peter LaBelle at (802) 226-7250.


It will soon be that time of year again – Stick Season – that time between Fall Foliage and Winter Skiing.  There’s not much to do during Stick Season, but we know how to break up the boredom.  Come to Black River Good Neighbor Services’ Stick Season Social on November 7th at Sam’s Steakhouse.  There will be great food, a huge silent auction and lots of friends and neighbors to socialize with.  Tickets are on sale now for $55 per person.  Just click here.


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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 . . .

As we race into the month of August I am thinking of back to school and helping our local kids get what they need.

 August is the month of one our most important functions at Good Neighbors, our volunteer picnic.  This organization runs on our very dedicated volunteers.  When I say we could not do all we do without our volunteers I am in no way exaggerating. They do so much for us it is nice to recognize them once a year by throwing a picnic.  It is a bit backwards though because the food is all cooked or donated by our most dedicated volunteers, our board members.  Some of them have duties each day of the year.  Most of them put aside the merry making during the holidays to ensure all our neighbors have a happy holiday.  This is an incredible group of hardworking individuals that make our community a nicer place to live.  If you know a volunteer please thank them for helping your neighbors.

 We are in full planning mode for the Fall Rummage Sale (September 18-20), and starting to gear up for the Stick Season Social.  On both fronts lists are being checked and drawn up, assignments are being made.  Mostly by volunteers. If you are not a volunteer for one of the many local charities, I ask you why? It is a great way to get to know wonderful people and have some fun if you are doing it right?

Take care of each other,


Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:


Special - 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 7: Stick Season Social at Sam's Restaurant, Ludlow

December 17: Pack Holiday Baskets

December 22: Deliver Holiday Baskets

A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

The Fall Rummage Sale has come and gone and it turned out to be a great success.  There was a wide selection of items with a whole new department this year.  We had clothing, housewares, books, shoes, furniture, toys, sporting goods, a bake sale and for the first time a Christmas Shop.  Our rummage sales have become a highlight of the spring and fall here in Ludlow and provide a major source of cash for our food and financial assistance programs.  The funds raised at the rummage sale will provide food for our shelves and rent and heat for those who need it during the coming months.  We are grateful to all of the donors who make the rummage sales possible.  The high quality of what is donated means the difference between success and just a lot of work.  The hard work put in by our many volunteers, both before and during the sale is also a major determinant of our success.  But I also have to acknowledge the customers who shop at the sale and provide all of the dollars that make our charitable programs work.  It is the combination of donors, volunteers and buyers who create the synergy that attains our goals.  I am grateful and thankful to you all.

We are now shifting our focus from rummage sale to the Stick Season Social.  Stick Season is that time of year between fall leaves and winter snow and we provide some entertainment to keep everyone active.  Our annual gala will be held on Saturday, November 7th at Sam’s Steakhouse in Ludlow.  As in the past there will be a fabulous dinner including Sam’s famous salad bar, a large silent auction and a raffle with numerous items donated by community businesses and individuals.  (There will be door prizes as well!)  Tickets are now on sale though this website – just click on the PayPal button found above on this page – and at our thrift store, 37B Main Street.  We will also have tickets for sale at the Book Nook, 136 Main Street, the Wine and Cheese Depot on Depot Street, and at People’s Bank, 213 Main Street.

We will hold our prices at $55 per ticket again this year.  Last year our tickets sold out, so I suggest that you buy early.  All profits from the event go directly to our operating budget to offset costs of food and financial assistance.  Our food purchases have to cover a lot, and the heating season brings with it a greater financial need.  So this is an important event for the entire community.  Of course, if you cannot attend, we will accept donations too.  Please join us.




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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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