Local news in brief
Red Cross to hold
blood drive June 4
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. in Bennington.
Blood drives cancelled during the pandemic have increased the need for donors. Red Cross staff, volunteers and donors will be masked and observe social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well.
For more information, call Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.
Grab a hot dog,
help food banks
Nothing says summer like baseball, hot dogs and a cold beverage. COVID-19 has ruled out the baseball part, but volunteers will be offering a hot dog and a beer, or other cold beverage, on Saturday to benefit Bennington area food shelves.
The drive-up sale will take place in the parking lot of the Bank of Bennington on North Street in Bennington on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies are gone. All social distancing precautions, including the wearing of masks, will be observed.
The price is $5 for one hot dog and one beverage. All proceeds will benefit local food shelves.
The sale has been organized by the Bank of Bennington, the NorShaft Lions Club, VFW Post 1332 and Powers Market.
Car parade planned
at Veterans' Home
A vehicle parade has been organized for Monday, May 25, at the Vermont Veterans' Home in observance of Memorial Day. Participants are invited to gather at noon at the neighboring state office complex, starting in the north side parking area.
According to a Facebook post by the organizer, Richard Setzer, Bennington police will provide traffic control, and will also be in the parade. Members of the Bennington Fire Department will place a wreath at the cemetery behind the Veterans' Home, and Bennington police will place a wreath a the memorial at the front of the home.
All social distancing rules will be followed, Setzer said.
Art & Plow Fest,
Salem's 2020 annual Art & Plow Fest and 4th of July parade has been cancelled in an effort to help contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Organizers are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2021.
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