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).
THE roadways of Linden will play host to the ‘Circuit of Champions’ cycling meet on Wednesday (May 1), Labour Day, when Guyana’s top cyclists will match pedals with Linden’s best, in a bid to claim top honours and prizes.The race, which is a part of the Linden Town Week Event, is being organised by the Linden Bauxite Flyers Cycle Club this year, after a five-year hiatus. In the past, it was usually an annual event; however, due to circumstances beyond the club’s control, they were unable to host the race since 2014.Fortunately, this year, the club was able to able to garner the support of sponsors, who ensured that the meet will be pulled off.Fans will be treated to thrilling action throughout 15 events, with races being contested in the Veterans, Seniors, Juniors, Juveniles, Mountain Bikes, Females and BMX categories respectively.According to information reaching Chronicle Sport, the club will be using “a new exciting race course” – the ‘Wismar Circuit’ in which the cyclists will have to climb one of the steepest hills in Linden. Aptly described by the organisers as a “short stinging hill of under two hundred meters”, the circuit also includes a lazy descent. The circuit will span almost 2.5km. The race will pedal off at 10:00hrs on Labour Day.The main sponsors are Stronghold Metals Inc., Clear Waters, Visual Auto Toy Store, Namilco, Beepats and Star Rentals.
Bermuda’s Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown says he will allow same-sex couples to continue to marry until the end of May before they are banned by a new law passed by Bermuda’s parliament and endorsed by the Governor.The controversial new legislation, tabled in the House of Assembly by Brown towards the end of last year, is designed to replace same-sex marriage with civil partnerships.The Domestic Partnership Act was passed in parliament in December and given royal assent by Governor John Rankin on February 7. But Brown said the start of the Act had been delayed to June 1 to allow already-planned same-sex marriages on the island and Bermuda-registered ships to take place. He said same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses until May 12, after which they can only apply for a domestic partnership.Speaking during the Budget debate in the House on Home Affairs, Brown added: “The Registry General will continue to accept applications for same-sex marriages until May 12, 2018.“Any application submitted by a same-sex couple after that date must be for a domestic partnership under the new act, not a marriage under the Marriage Act 1944 or the Maritime Marriage Act 1999.”The Royal Gazette newspaper has indicated a date has been set in the Supreme Court to challenge the new law.Chief Justice Ian Kawaley will hear the civil case brought by a gay Bermudian, Rod Ferguson, 38, against Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons on May 21 and 22. Ferguson is a singer and comedian who lives in the United States.