Sovernet’s recent 3rd Annual Harvest Walk raised $16,440 for the Vermont and New Hampshire Foodbanks. Surpassing their goal by more than 50 percent, Sovernet attributes this year’s success to tremendous support for the event, as well as to an increased awareness of the foodbanks’ mission in challenging times.Three years ago Sovernet and its employees made a commitment to make a difference in the fight against hunger in their communities. With support from many areas, this year’s event continued what has quickly become a growing yearly tradition. Individuals and local businesses gave generously, with the Bellows Falls Rotary taking the prize for top business contributor. Sovernet’s customers were extremely supportive through donations sent in with their invoices. The Sovernet staff bolstered the event through donations of both their time and money and Sovernet itself continued its tradition of matching the first $5,000 of funds raised. Several business sponsors helped maximize the final donation made to the Foodbanks, with top sponsorship honors going to Boccelli’s on the Canal who generously donated over $1,000 to this year’s Sovernet harvest walk.Other sponsorship support was received from the Vermont Country Store, Vermont T’s, Chittenden Bank, The Village of Bellows Falls, MetaSwitch, Paetec and Infodirections. Allen Brothers provided the fruits and vegetables for the event, the Main Street Arts band provided the entertainment, Waste Management handled all the trash and recycling, and the top fundraiser prizes were donated by the Harpoon Brewery and the Green Mountain Flyer.Rich Kendall, Sovernet’s CEO said ” We are proud to support the important work that the VT and NH Foodbanks do to fight hunger in our communities and are pleased that this annual event continues to grow each year. Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success and we look forward to seeing you again next year.”About Sovernet Communications: Founded in 1995, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. The Vermont Company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, with facilities in Burlington and Winooski. Sovernet is committed to delivering superior customer care and total customer satisfaction, while actively supporting its local communities. For more information, please visit www.sover.net(link is external).Vermont Foodbank’s CEO John Sayles receives a check for proceeds from the 2009 Harvest Walk from Sovernet’s CEO Rich Kendall and staff
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThanks to Alcona Community Schools Elementary Backpack Program, students will go home with a hand full of food thanks to some great community members.Sometimes a lunch at school is the only time a child may eat, or eat their biggest meal.That’s why members of Alcona organizations like the Lincoln Lions and Mikado American Legion Group decided to donate to the elementary children in Alcona County to make sure they have a meal on weekends while they are away from school.Wednesday the group of Alcona volunteers from five local organizations, prepared food to feed 52 children that are apart of the ‘Backpack Program.’Dan Richardson helps delivery meals from the eastern Michigan Food Bank and says it’s wonderful to help out kids in need. The meals come in every two weeks and feed the 52 students apart of the program for that period of time.With the help of grants and community donations, the groups of volunteers were able to collect over $7, 200“We collect donations. We do dinners and different events and raffles so we put this money together, and there’s a few donations that come from anonymous donors,” Commander of American Legion Post 254, Michael Serafin said.President of the Lincoln Lions, Don Larkin said he doesn’t think twice about helping out his community especially when it’s involving kids.“When you’re doing it for the kids in the community, I think the money comes easier. It’s never an easy thing to do to ask people for money, but it goes for the children. It’s good for them to know that there are people in the community that care about the children in the community,” President of the Lincoln Lions, Don Larkin said.Wednesday’s donation wasn’t only about providing food. Kids received personal items too thanks to a collection of goodies from the Mikado American Legion Auxiliary.The ‘Backpack Program’ started with Alcona Community Schools in 2012. Thanks to the $7,200 dollars raised, the program has enough money to help out 72 students if needed.The money raised helped feed kids for the entire 2017–2018 school year.“What you do means a lot to these kids, and their parents. They look forward to getting these backpacks to go home…so thank you for raising these funds for Alcona schools. The kids are truly blessed because of you,” ACS Principal, Tammi Bonzheim said with emotion.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACS, Alcona Community Schools, Alcona organizations, Backpack ProgramContinue ReadingPrevious Duwain Buchler Meth Case Put on Hold in Alcona CountyNext First United Methodist Church Celebrating 150 Years
Olympic 400 metres hurdles finalist Ristananna Tracey is hoping to run some 800-metre races in 2017. Tracey expressed the intention at a recent function to honour her, and Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby and Sashalee Forbes at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. She believes that running the two-lap race will enhance her finish in the 400-metre hurdles.In a review of her 2016 training, the 24-year-old Sprintec athlete acknowledged, “As you all know, I didn’t run any 800s this season.”That’s where I think my strength is,” she said, “so I think we are going to be looking at that part of my race and improve in that area.”During her days at Edwin Allen, Tracey was a steadfast 800 metres runner. She did a marvellous 400/800/400 hurdles triple in her last year – 2011 – at Boys and Girls’ Championships, cutting Melaine Walker’s 400-metre hurdles record of 56.55 seconds to 55.81 along the way. She clocked an 800 metres personal best of 2 minutes 03.97 seconds after Champs and dazzled everyone by matching the fastest-ever 800 metres leg by an high school athlete at the Penn Relays with a time of 2.03.2.NEW RECORDThe strength seemed to help as she set a Jamaican junior 400 metres hurdles record of 54.58 seconds at the National Senior Championships. The old mark of 55.11 seconds had been set by Kaliese Spencer in an effort that secured the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships. During her time at the Racers Track Club, Tracey improved to 54.52. She moved to G.C. Foster to join the Maurice Wilson-coached Sprintec outfit in time to prepare for the 2016 season, and the collaboration spurred her to fifth in the Olympic final with a time of 54.15 seconds.Now she is the seventh-fastest Jamaican of all-time in the 400 metre hurdles.Understandably, the athlete, known in track circles as ‘Rista’, is optimistic about the upcoming season.”I’m just gonna go back, look at where I can improve and work hard towards it and see where it takes me,” she resolved.