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Challenge collects thousands of peanut butter and jelly jars

This year's "Peanut Butter & Jam Slam" collected nearly 4,800 jars of peanut butter and jelly for food shelves in Bennington and Rutland counties.

The event, sponsored by the United Way of Bennington and Rutland Counties and Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, challenged local organizations such as businesses, schools, churches and nonprofits to collect as many jars of peanut butter and jelly as they can between March 18 and the beginning of April.

In Bennington County, 12 organizations delivered 2,985 items altogether. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center landed in first place with 2,103 jars collected; The Village Chocolate Shoppe placed second with 502 jars.

Other participants in the county included Early Childhood Center, Fisher Elementary School, Sacred Heart of Bennington, Southern Vermont College, Vermont Newsguide, Bennington Rotary Club, Bennington Physical Therapy, Bennington Health and Rehab, as well as Revolution Fitness Club.

"This was truly a heartwarming event with a tremendous outpouring of support from so many local organizations," said Caprice Hover, executive director at United Way of Bennington and Rutland Counties. "We are so appreciative of everyone in the community for their generosity."

The event was held for the third year in Bennington County and the first in Rutland County. 

Applications for Hilda Davis Scholarship sought

LONDONDERRY — The first recipients of the Hilda Davis educational scholarship will be chosen in June, the Second Congregational Church in Londonderry has announced.

The Hilda Davis Scholarship Fund of the Second Congregational Church was started by her family in 2017 to commemorate Davis' efforts in educating and guiding families and children.

Davis, who grew up in London and died in 2012, believed children should be given every opportunity to improve their lives through a good education.

Her namesake $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to students entering their first year of college or vocational school. Award winners can reapply in subsequent years.

Applicants must live in the greater Londonderry area and should be active in a Christian community through participation in church, a Christian education program, mission work or a Christian youth group.

A letter of recommendation from a minister, Christian educator or youth group director is required. Applicants will also be asked to write an essay on how Christian principles or the teachings of Christ have played a role in their lives.

Applications forms, which can be found on, are due May 1.

Interviews for selected applicants will be held mid to late May. The scholarships will be awarded at a worship service at the Second Congregational Church in June.

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For questions, email or contact the church office at (802) 824-6453.

Honor Flight set for May 11

The next Leatherstocking Honor Flight, due to depart May 11, offers U.S. veterans an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C.

The Honor Flight was designed to thank veterans and honor them for their service and sacrifice.

The veterans depart from Albany, N.Y., and the trip includes visits to six national veterans' memorials with a police escort.

Snacks, lunch and dinner are provided at no cost.

Veterans from World War II, Korea or Vietnam can download an application at

Veterans who are terminally ill and World War II veterans are given top priority.

Although the May 11 trip is full, there are usually cancellations due to illness and seats open up.

Community calendar launched in Arlington area

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Area Renewal Project has launched a new community calendar for the towns of Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland.

The calendar listings aim to include all area events that will be of interest to both residents and visitors. They include fundraisers, community dinners, farmers' markets, cultural events and graduations.

The calendar will also feature long-standing local activities, such as the Duck Derby, the Arlington Fire Department's Summer Carnival, St. James' Norman's Attic, the Harvest Fest and the Arlington Rescue Squad's Harvest Dinner.

"Our community has such a wide variety of activities and, to date, there has been no one central location for residents and visitors to access all of them," Project Director Holly Bakke said. "Organizations can now check the calendar to make sure their events don't conflict with others previously scheduled. This will offer the opportunity for each organization to maximize community participation."

The calendar can be viewed through the Arlington Area Renewal Project website,

Submissions should be sent to The Martha Canfield Library, in Arlington, is managing the calendar submissions and event postings.


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