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Middlebury American Legion wins awards for charity work

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury American Legion Post 27 scooped up some impressive awards at the annual Vermont American Legion convention held June 23 to 25 in Rutland.
Post No. 27 was awarded the Americanism Award based on membership, the Ray Greenwood Children & Youth Award, the Meritorious Service Award for Extreme Support of Children & Youth Programs, and the Edward Giles Americanism Trophy for the post with the outstanding Americanism Program.
Post No. 27 last year gave a total of around $60,000 to various charitable causes, including high school sports, civic programs and educational initiatives. The Middlebury post has given $175,000 to the Memorial Sports Center since that Middlebury facility was established more than two decades ago.
A couple of longstanding Addison County Legion members also earned promotions at last month’s convention.
Tom Scanlon, adjutant of Post 27, was named Addison County Commander, which gives him oversight over the Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes American Legion posts.
Also, Ron LaRose, commander of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol, was named Northern Area Commander, giving him oversight over Legion operations in the northern half of the state, as well as in Montreal.

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