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Valentine’s Day Contest winners


Van Powell

This man knows how to spread love. Whether it is fellow employees that he helps with a smile, his male friends that he
says “I love you” OUT LOUD, or his partner of almost 30 years, we all agree that this is one special person who loves to give.

A few years ago during the start of Covid, Van set up a little shop and started making wooden cardinals to send to lots of family and friends all across the US to honor their loved ones who had recently passed away. Duplicates of many and personal ones were made to decorate the Hydrangea tree in his front yard. It is a beautiful sight in the winter months.

Van Powell, thank you for spreading love so freely, haphazardly, and well.

Submitted by: Beth Marr



Tyler Delancey

I want to nominate Tyler because he has been working so hard! He is in his final year of a trade apprenticeship and has been working so hard towards finishing his hours, taking his classes, and studying for his plumbing license. It hasn’t been easy to juggle everything he has going on, but his family & friends are super proud of him and this special gift would absolutely make his day.

Submitted by: Chloe Speyers



Big Lenny

Big Lenny is one of the most deserving people we know. He has had such a positive impact on our community and around the world with his famous “Big Lenny’s Hotdogs”. He’s good people, not many like him are left in this world. We are so lucky to know him.

Big love to Big Lenny!

Submitted by: Tony & Kristy Johnson, TKJ Plumbing & Heating


Package 1: $100 gift card to Black Sheep Bistro, $25 gift certificate to Linda’s Apparel, small treat package from Middlebury Sweets;

Package 2: $100 gift card to Tourterelle, $25 gift certificate to Middlebury Floral & Gifts, small treat package from Middlebury Sweets;

Package 3: $100 gift card to Café Provence, $35 gift certificate to Cole’s Flowers, small treat package from Middlebury Sweets.

Each contest winner will be contacted within the next week and their prize package will be sent to them in the mail.

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