Citizens Bank and City Market partnered with the Burlington Free Press for the fourth consecutive year in a food drive at participating schools known as Kids CAN Help. The food drive was designed to help raise awareness among school children that hunger is a year-round struggle for many families in our communities, especially with rising food and fuel prices.The campaign running Oct. 12-16, encourages children at 26 participating schools to compete to collect the most food. The school that collects the most non-perishable items will be thanked in a special ceremony at the school. Last year, students at the Robinson School in Starksboro were the winner, collecting 1,014 lbs. of food, which averaged over 7 lbs. of food per student! The total amount of food collected from all the schools, Citizens Bank branches, City Market and the Burlington Free Press was 8,894 lbs.“Citizens Bank is proud of the Kids Can Help program and the awareness it brings to local school children and their parents,” said Cathy Schmidt, president, Citizens Bank, Vermont. “We thank our customers and the public in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause that benefits so many in need.” “We think Kids CAN Help is a pretty special program that can bring hope to those in need, said Brad Robertson, president and publisher, Burlington Free Press. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Citizens Bank and City Market, for what we hope will be another record breaking year in donations. “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…Starting Oct. 12-16, please drop off non-perishable food items at your local Citizens Bank branch location or at The Burlington Free Press, or at the participating schools listed below.Weybridge Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Burlington High School Interact Club, Lawrence Barnes Elementary School Sustainability Academy, Rock Point School, St. Joseph School, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Albert D. Lawton School, Thomas Fleming School, Jericho Elementary School, Allen Brook School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg Community School, Williston Central School, Malletts Bay School, Richford Elementary School, Sheldon Elementary School, Cambridge Elementary School, Morristown Elementary School, People’s Academy Middle Level, People’s Academy Upper Level, Milton Elementary School, Milton Jr / Sr High School, Twinfield Union School and Winooski Middle School.About Citizens BankCitizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 23 branches and 23 ATMs in Vermont.RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $153 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of March 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com. About City Market, Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with 2,800+ members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.About The Burlington Free PressAt The Burlington Free Press our mission is to provide Vermonters must-have news and information on demand across many print and digital channels, ever mindful of our journalistic responsibilities. Since 1827, Burlington Free Press has grown to be Vermont’s most trusted and most read newspaper. Over the years, the population growth of Chittenden County has led to expansion of coverage of local news and information with burlingtonfreepress.com the No. 1 news and information Web site in Vermont reaching 300,000 unique visitors. www.burlingtonfreepress.com(link is external).
630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketAn uninterrupted view across the river to Sherwood Arboretum was the clincher when it came to Anne and Martin Nothling purchasing 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, more than 30 years ago.“It was a Saturday and I was over this way with our sons who were playing sport, and I saw in the newspaper that this house was for sale,” Mr Nothling said.“I’d never looked in the area, so I pulled up as it was open for inspection, and I walked in and thought, ‘Wow, this is way above flood level and is peace and quiet forever in a big city’.”Set at the end of a long drive on the sprawling 8726sq m level block is a 1960s modernist architect-designed house with a covered patio overlooking a pool and lush lawn to the Brisbane River below. Anne and Martin Nothling at their Fig Tree Pocket home. Pic Peter WallisMs Nothling described the private residence as a “paradise” for the family.“It’s been the perfect place to raise three sporty boys who could utilise the facilities here, whether it was kicking a football, practising cricket, canoeing, kayaking or water skiing on the river, as well as swimming and tennis, it was all so accessible,” she said. 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“Having been raised in the country, this block enabled me to grow our own vegetables, fruit trees and have an extensive parkland space to enjoy.”Mr Nothling hosted regular Wednesday night tennis fixtures on the floodlit, champion-size court, which is towards the entrance of the grounds. 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketAfter almost 32 years of a “privileged” lifestyle, the Nothlings have decided it’s time to move on.“It has always been in the back of our minds that this block could be subdivided but we wanted to maintain the ambience of the Fig Tree Pocket area by keeping this large block intact,” Ms Nothling said.“The added insurance of being well above any recorded flood gave us peace of mind. “This is like living in the country but only minutes from the CBD.” 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket“I’ve always said this is the first home we’ve ever lived in where I can come home and have a whole weekend holiday here and just feel I’m away from it all,” he said.“You don’t feel you’re in the city and yet you’re only 20 minutes from Brisbane Airport via the Legacy Way tunnel.“Coming home from a busy day at work, I just tune out as I drive along Jesmond Road. I find it invigorating.” 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketThe home has open plan living areas including a casual dining area, living room with fireplace, formal dining room and media/rumpus room.There are clerestory windows and tall glass doors and windows which allow river views.