Stewart's Holiday Match raises a record $2 million


Solid waste alliance holds meeting

ARLINGTON — The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Arlington Town Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible legislation on household hazardous waste, plan for a survey of residents, plan for the spring household hazardous waste event, discuss single-use plastics and other matters and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss the programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board.

The Arlington Town Hall is located at 3828 Route 7A. For more information or for a copy of the agenda, log on to or contact 802-442-0713, ext. 2 or

Library offers Blogging 101 class

MANCHESTER CENTER — Have you ever thought about starting a blog? A place where you can share your best recipes, travel stories, or just your life in general?

If so, join Aysegul Sanford, content creator and food and lifestyle photographer, as she shares her knowledge of starting, maintaining, and making an income from a blog, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester Community Library.

Aysegul Sanford is the person behind the food blog Foolproof Living ( She lives in Manchester with her husband. Originally from Turkey, she incorporates her mother's cooking techniques and recipes in her daily cooking and makes it a priority to use clean ingredients that are in season. Her motto in cooking is, "If you know how to read, you know how to cook."

The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

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Stewart's raises a record $2 million

The 2018 Holiday Match program has raised over $2 million for local children's organizations, setting a record for the fifth consecutive season. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart's customers donated more than $1,031,000 to the program, which is an approximate $86,000 increase over last season.

Each individual donation is matched penny for penny by Stewart's Shops.

There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds benefit local, non-profit children's organizations.

"We are impressed by our customers' generosity, season after season. They have joined us in supporting local children's charities for 32 years now, raising more than $28 million," Stewart's Shops president, Gary Dake, said in a release. "We are proud to give back to our communities that have supported us for so many years and living proof that we are closer to you."

"The success of the Holiday Match program continues with the hard work of our shop partners and the generosity of our customers," Stewart's Foundation President Susan Dake said. "Together, we will help thousands of children with organizations that support children year-round."

More than 1,700 children's organizations received Holiday Match funding from the 2017 Holiday Match campaign. Among them were 27 organizations in Bennington County, which received a total of $16,850.

All local children's charities are encouraged to apply for funding from the Holiday Match program through Jan.31.

Organizations can apply online at or pick up a paper application at any shop. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization.

A brochure listing the charities that received Holiday Match funding last year is available at All the funds will be allocated in March.


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