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May 14 is Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Saturday, May 14, marks the 30th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many — hunger.

So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. The donations we collect locally go directly to food pantries in Bennington county and surrounding areas to provide food to people who need our help.

In 2019, we collected more than 12,140 pounds of food in Bennington and surrounding areas. Bennington collected 9,865 pounds of this, feeding more than 1,000 families for two months. We have been unable to hold a food drive the last two years due to Covid-19, so we hope this year will be a huge success.

The need for food donations is great. Currently in Vermont 1 out of 4 are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Our food drive timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies.

Wonder what foods are great to donate to the food drive? Here are a few non-perishable food items requested by food banks: cereal, pasta, rice, canned goods including vegetables , 100 percent juice, soup, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, beans, baby food, diapers, laundry detergent, soap and shampoo.

Participating in the Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is easy. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 14 before mail delivery, and your letter carrier will do the rest. Please help us in the fight to end hunger, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary year in America’s great day of giving.

Martin Mosher

Letter Carrier

Bennington

Thanks to Peterson and artists for BPAC

I would like to clarify some of the messaging in the “BPAC marks 50 years” article April 28). The spirit of live performance as a necessary part of any vital downtown is absolutely true to my mission as executive director. But I have to make it clear that the vision of Eric Peterson and all of the hardworking and talented artists that began Oldcastle Theatre Company in 1972 is the foundation that BPAC sits upon. Without him, the Howe’s would have had nothing to fund and the transition to Bennington Performing Arts Center would never have occurred.

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The 50{sup}th{/sup} Season of Oldcastle Theatre Company is the anniversary that is marked this year and we look forward to bringing exciting professional theatre again this summer and in December in that tradition. Thank you to everyone who continues to help us keep performing arts alive.

Jennifer Jasper

Executive Director, Bennington Performing Arts Center

Running for assistant judge

I am announcing my candidacy for Bennington County Assistant Judge. My name is Mary Frost and I have held this position since being appointed by Gov. Phil Scott in July of 2021 to fill the unexpired term of retired Assistant Judge Wes Mook. I have been performing the duties of this position since then and have appreciated the opportunity to serve our Bennington County communities.

The assistant judge position is unique to Vermont. Our Vermont Constitution outlines the purpose of such judges as a way to make sure that the voice of the people is represented in the courts. Our function is limited to sitting with a presiding judge in most family and civil matters, but only as to the issues of fact. With additional training and experience, assistant judges may also hear uncontested divorces on their own. Assistant judges are also tasked with the county budget and administration of county business, such as maintaining the Bennington County Courthouse at 207 South Street and the Bennington County Sheriff’s building on South Street.

I retired from the Vermont Judiciary in 2015 after serving for 13 years as a Court Operations Manager for Family and Criminal Courts and as the Clerk for all four divisions of the courts in Bennington County, i.e. Family, Criminal, Civil and Probate. During my time with the Judiciary I was involved with the relocation of the Family and Criminal Courts’ operation from the condemned building to two temporary spaces, before landing in the new State Office Building on Veterans Memorial Drive.

I was involved in overseeing every aspect of the moves to include design and construction while maintaining the courts’ dockets, schedules and caseflow. I worked with many judicial officers during my tenure, including our presiding and assistant judges, Court Administrator and the Supreme Court Justices and Chief.

I interacted with our justice partners, such as state’s attorneys, public defenders, private attorneys, Department for Children and Families, Office of Child Support, Probation and Parole, Department of Corrections and various law enforcement agencies throughout the County. I also served on a number of committees, such as Juvenile Justice, Pro Se Education, Judiciary website redesign and an Advisory Council to the Supreme Court. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job was my work with Vermont juries. I enjoyed meeting many of our citizens during this most important civic responsibility.

I was one of the founding members of the Mt. Anthony Lioness Club and later a member of the Norshaft Lions Club. I have served on the North Bennington Prudential Committee and the Mt. Anthony Union School Board for a total of about nine years. I was treasurer of our local Pack of the Boy Scouts. I have also served as an auditor and justice of the peace for the Town of Shaftsbury.

I ask for your support in voting for me in the primary on Aug. 9, and in the general election on Nov. 8, 2022. I will continue to work hard for our county citizens and will maintain professionalism and integrity in the office. Thank you.

Mary C. Frost

Shaftsbury


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