Congratulations to Girls on the Run, an amazing program that encourages young girls to be all that they can be. Hundreds of third- to fifth-grade (Girls on the Run) and sixth- to eighth-grade (Heart and Soul) girls from all over Rutland County and beyond gathered at the annual event at Dave Wolk Stadium at Castleton University — this year celebrating the 20th birthday of the program.

What an uplifting event; so many girls with family and friends, coaches, organizers and volunteers together sharing the progress of what Nancy Heydinger from Brattleboro started two decades ago. It was invigorating, encouraging and inspiring. You go, girls.

The Rutland Farmers Market was back at Depot Park, signaling that spring really is here. We are so fortunate to have so many farmers and artisans devoted to providing a wide variety of healthy foods and offering creative goods. It’s a great place to meet friends who are buying and sharing the gifts of hard-working Vermonters.

And then there was the Letter Carriers Food Drive. This annual Mother’s Day weekend event makes me realize what a generous community we live in. Thousands of pounds of nonperishable foods are collected by our dedicated mail carriers and sorted and delivered to area food shelves by community volunteers to provide much-needed groceries and supplies to our neighbors in need.

It was all topped off by Mother’s Day. Thanks to my mother and to my kids for making me a mother. How fortunate I am.

It was fun and inspirational to participate in all of these events. They make me realize what a caring, dynamic community I live in and have the honor to represent in the Senate.

Sen. Cheryl M. Hooker

Rutland

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