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What this season is all about

A work colleague of mine came to Vermont 15 years ago at the age of 19. She was a refugee from Bosnia who spoke no English. She has worked hard going to school, learning English, and our ‘American’ way of life. She is now a wonderful coworker, continues to further her education, and is mother of two children, ages 7 and 13. For the holidays this year she and her family are not going to buy nice gifts for themselves but have asked me about a family in need.
I recently began to tutor the father of a wonderful Bhutanese family of eight, ages 4-86, who are new to Vermont. They wanted one of their “English” lessons to be how to apply for a Costco card except they didn’t have enough money for the membership. I relayed this to my colleague. She was delighted to help a family who was where she was 15 years ago and make a meaningful difference in their lives.

This makes me rethink gift giving for me and those around me. Thank you D and family for reminding us “what this season is all about.”

Kim Schmitt, Shelburne


Don’t pave Pond Road

I was dismayed to read in the Shelburne News that a small group of residents of Pond Road wish to have it paved. You only have to talk to those of us who walk the road, look at the wildlife, ride horses, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this special place in Shelburne to know that dirt on the car and in our houses, or the need to do a little weaving to avoid potholes is not reason enough to destroy such a beautiful place. It is ironic that some who went to the Selectboard meeting walk on the road and don’t realize that they would no longer want to do so if it was paved. You only have to look to our neighbor road north of us to see that there are few pedestrians using that road. I urge all who enjoy Pond Road to write our Selectboard members and let them know paving the road would be a very bad idea.

Thea Platt, Shelburne


Seniors enjoy holidays thanks to community

On behalf of the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, I would like to thank everyone who helped with this year’s very successful “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

With support from generous shoppers, CVAA, PACE Vermont, Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand  Isle Counties, Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, Out and About Adult Day Services, Cathedral Square, St. Josephs Residential Care HM, Porter Health and Rehabilitation, Starr Farm, Birchwood , Our Lady of Providence, Copley Terrace, The Meadows(Middlebury), West Branch,  Pet Food Warehouse. Twin Craft, Kinney Drugs, Big Lots, Rosie’s Restaurant, PT360,, GE Healthcare, Orchard Veterinary, People’s United Bank, Danaher, Attig, and Plante, VT State Property Office, FairPoint, The Arbors at Shelburne, Vermont Agency, Pizzagalli Properties, Cornerstone Chiropractic,  Chamber of Commerce, Shelburne Super Market, Champlain Elementary School, Vermont Teddy Bear, and Cabot Hosiery, we were able to collect more than 2,000 gifts for local seniors who otherwise might have been overlooked this holiday season.

We also would like to thank the many volunteers, who shared their time to collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to nearly 700 area seniors who continue to struggle during these tough economic times.

Thanks to all those who helped us brighten the holidays for our local seniors and truly making a difference in our community.

Patrice Thabault, Home Instead Senior Care

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