Adams receives award

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center, a member of the Revera Inc. family, is pleased to announce that Lauren Adams, Speech Language Pathologist with the center, was recently awarded the "Customer Service" award through Premier Therapy Services.

Premier Therapy Services provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation services for all of Revera's 29 skilled nursing centers, and employs exceptional therapists in a variety of disciplines. The "Customer Service" accolade bestowed upon Lauren was for providing exceptional service to customers and setting a shining example to all.

As a Speech Language Pathologist at Bennington Health and Rehabilitation, Adams has provided rehab care for many difficult patients which has included trach patients, those with severe strokes leading to receptive aphasia and Multiple Sclerosis patients with severe communication impairments, resulting in the need for communication devices. Adams has made a significant difference in these patients' lives, as well as the lives of their families; she has gone "above and beyond" to ensure patient and family satisfaction on a daily basis.

Adams communicates with family members on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis, to update them on their family member's progress and she educates them on the various ways they can participate with their family member's therapy.

Adams takes a realistic and intuitive approach to treatment plans and she dives right in to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.

"Lauren is an exceptional member of Bennington's rehab team." commented Jean Brooks, President of Premier Therapy Services. "She sets a great example of what customer service in the field and how patients and family members should always be treated."

Vermont Country Store to host Vermont Challenge barbeque

JAMAICA -- The Vermont Country Store is expanding its support of the Vermont Challenge in 2014. The Vermont Challenge is a truly unique bicycling experience that commences on August 13 and runs until the 17. Riders can choose from either a 4, 3 or 1-day Gran Fondo that travels through some of the most picturesque valleys, towns, farm land and mountain passes that Vermont has to offer.

This year The Vermont Country Store in Weston will play host to our final lunch on the last day of the tour, Sunday, Aug. 17. The VCS team will host our final barbeque lunch for all riders at their Weston location. All riders will receive wooden nickels at the tent to get a soft serve "creemee" from Mildred's Dairy Bar as an added treat.

The expanded role of the Vermont Country Store makes the Vermont Challenge a uniquely Vermont experience, one that's not to be missed by bicyclists looking to challenge themselves on the quiet country roads of Vermont.

The VT Challenge in 2014 will again take $25 of each rider's registration fee to go towards four grant recipients to be administered by the Stratton Foundation. As the Vermont Challenge grows in stature we'll continue to increase the amount funds donated to support the communities that host our ride.

For sponsorship packets, or more information on The Vermont Challenge, please contact The Vermont Challenge at jsohikian@vtchallenge.com or call 203-668-0194 or visit www.vtchallenge.com. The Vermont Challenge has teamed with the Stratton Foundation (www.strattonfoundation.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to ear mark all donations from riders, optional fundraising efforts of our riders, and a portion of the revenue and sponsorship funding, to address the needs of the Vermonters in each of our four main venue: Manchester, Stratton, Killington and Okemo. Funds collected will be distributed by the Stratton Foundation to those people and organizations in each of the towns that we ride through that can best support our goals of supporting the people of Vermont.

For more information visit www.vtchallenge.com.