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BRGN Needs Men to Help Move Furniture - If You Feel Strong Enough to Help, Please Call Audrey at 228-3663


The Good Neighbors Furniture Store gets a New Roof


If you drove past the old Ludlow Fire House in the past few weeks you had to notice the new roof that was being installed.  Of course that building is the Black River Good Neighbor Services’ used furniture store.  We are now hoping that the building will serve our needs for a long time to come!  HP Roofing installed the standing seam roof to look like it once did and we are quite proud of the outcome.


The old roof was rusting and several of the fasteners had popped out.  Along the edges the metal was pulling away from the decking and had already been fixed more than once.  We knew that it was simply a matter of time – probably very little time – before the roof would start to leak, and we feared the effects of every severe windstorm.  We wanted to replace it for several years, but that much money was just out of our reach.  At least it was out of reach until we received a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Agan, a long time supporter of our causes.  Mrs. Agan was supporting the food shelf and thrift store in Ludlow even before it became BRGNS.  Her gift was a blessing for us.


We are not the only store on Main Street to get a facelift this summer, and we are very happy to be part of improving the Ludlow image.  Stop by and check out the furniture store if you have not done so already, or come on back in.  We are open on Fridays and Saturday from 10 to 4.

The Director's Report . . .


Hello Folks,

Summer is here and we survived another long winter as well as spring rummage sale.  The things about rummage sale that always impress me are first there is so much excess ”stuff” in such a small community.  Second  I never cease to be amazed by the energy,  passion and generosity with themselves our volunteers have.

The efforts of our volunteers have allowed us to keep fresh produce available to our foodshelf clients at all times now. In addition to chees and local eggs . Another program we will be kicking off is collecting supplies for kids going back to school in the fall.  So much is needed for each child that we are concerned this causes a hardship for some families.  One thing I am certain that we will need are a large variety of backpacks.  Kids of all ages need them.

Summer also brings back our snowbirds.  It is always nice to see folks come back.         

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!

August 7:  Volunteers Appreciation Picnic

September 19 - 21 Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm

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

This month I would like to talk a little bit about another new venture here at BRGNS – one that you may have already noticed in our parking lot.  The Black River Good Neighbor Services’ employees have established a “Container Garden” to grow both flowers and vegetables. 

The container garden came about through a ‘Green Thumbs at Work’ grant from the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Community Garden Network.  The grant is exclusively for improving the health of our employees through increasing exercise and increasing the amount of fresh produce in their diets.  However, we all hope that the project will provide a live demonstration garden for the whole community to see how easy it is to grow vegetables, no matter where you live and how small your space is.  We hope to encourage our clients and store patrons to engage in container gardening next year.  You don’t need a grant to set up a small container garden either.  All you need is a used bucket, some dirt, and a place that gets sun.  You may need something to carry a little water in too.  That’s usually all free.  The seeds might cost a dollar or two, but you don’t need many seeds and can share with many neighbors. 

The containers – a couple of kiddie swimming pools, some large plastic buckets and whole lot of donated five-gallon plastic containers—are located in three places by our thrift store.  One is right at the corner of the building and two others are at the edges of the parking lot.  The employees located them so that they would get maximum sun exposure and be visible to anyone who comes into the store.  Of course, they could be placed in any yard with sun.  The soil was donated; and the peat moss, the plants, and the garden and watering implements were purchased with the grant money.  Charlie Nardozzi, Vermont Public Radio’s garden guru, is providing technical assistance. 

Audrey told me when we first brought up the subject that she and the other employees aren’t afraid of getting a little dirt on their hands, and that she looked forward to the plants yielding plenty of produce to improve their health and to provide a little fun in the day.  So far, the garden is looking pretty good!  So please drop by the store, check out the garden, and ask Audrey or the other employees about how easy and how much fun it is to grow your own dinner in a bucket.


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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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Thrift Store:

   Monday thru Friday

      10 am to 4 pm


     10 am to 4 pm

Phone - 802-228-3663

Furniture Store:

  105 Main St., Ludlow


  Friday & Saturday

     10 am to 4 pm


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