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Offering hope through the final stages of life

Karen Filkins-Sanders

Karen Filkins-Sanders bakes a cake in the kitchen of Haynes House of Hope which provides comfort for people in the final stages of live. Sam’s Good News photo by Natalie Coons.

By Natalie Coons

When you first hear of Haynes House of Hope and what they do, it is a little hard to find the hope in it for some. I spent an afternoon over there with Karen Filkins-Sanders PR Director and came away in awe of how giving and loving this group of people are.

The Haynes House of Hope is named after Lemuel Haynes who started life as an indentured servant but later made history as the first African-American pastor of a white congregation in America. He served as a Pastor in Connecticut and Vermont before settling in the last years of his life at the South Granville Congregational Church. It is the old parish house right next door to this very church that is the home of Haynes House of Hope. The function of this house is to help people with the final stages of their life.

The house can accommodate two residents at a time. To be considered as a resident the individual would have to be qualified for hospice and expected to have three months or less. They have had two patients though who got better and were released to go home. While here most are non-ambulatory and really just need someone to help them with things like eating or even just talk with them.

Volunteers are not only who built this house, but also they are also what keeps this place running and are also their biggest need. “A lot of people don't want to volunteer because of their fear of death or sadness. We can also see the spiritual side. Death can be a very sad process. We want to make it as comfortable and homelike as possible,” says Karen. “I think that when you take the process of death outside of the clinical setting, you immediately remove so much of the sadness. You're going to have grief no matter what but they are two separate things. It makes me smile that this gentleman (referring to the resident that was utilizing the facility at the time), and so many others can feel at home instead of being just another person in a ward.”

This is also just as much for the families as it is the residents. The facility is big enough that they can house the two residents and still have room for the families to stay. “What a privilege to be able to help a family through that process. You don't have to bring much to the table to be able to help,” Karen explains. She also understands this from experiencing this through her own father’s death. This service also comes at no expense to the families. Haynes House of Hope is free.

The Haynes House of Hope is in need of volunteers in many ways. The most urgent being someone to take one of the four hour shifts at the facility. They provide all the training and there is no medical background needed as this is not a medical facility. They also sometimes need people who can help fill envelopes, be an attendant at one of their fundraisers or bake items to sell at their events. Donations would also help. If you see a two for one sale and can afford to donate they need basic household items like soap, detergent, cleaning products or even personal hygiene products for the families. They also need things like incontinence pads. Whatever you are able to help with would be appreciated.

To learn more about the Haynes House of Hope or how you can help you can visit their website www.thehayneshouseofhope.org. You can also contact Executive Director Tamme Taran at (518) 642-8155 to find out about volunteering or making a donation.

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Members of the Rotary Club

Members of the Rotary Club helped prepare for Winterfest which was held this past weekend in Main Street Park and at Giorgetti Park in Rutland. The event was a great success despite the frigid weather. Sam’s Good News photo by Natalie Coons.

Green Mountain Kenworth Opens New Sales Center and Service Center in The Rutland Area!

By Jack Rogers, Sr.

Green Mountain Kenworth South has opened a new location on Route 7 in Pittsford, Vermont.  One of the trucking industry’s premier dealers has rented half of the Crean Building and is open for business.

The 13,000 square foot location has five dedicated service bays, a wash bay, and a 1,800 square foot parts department with ample room for parts display and inventory.  The new location joins Green Mountain Kenworth’s flagship store in Shelburne, Vermont.  The Shelburne location has been operating since 1975.

“We expect a lot of interest in this new location from local customers and truck operators traveling through the area seeking better and more convenient service support in a part of Vermont that needs it,” said Chris Waterman, Branch Manager for Green Mountain Kenworth South.  “Rutland County sits in the center of the state, located near the halfway point between Boston to the south and Montreal to the north.  So, our new location offers a convenient service stop for major trucking firms on their shipping routes.  Plus, our new location can provide service support to more than 20 local trucking fleets in the area, in addition to a variety of vocational truck operators, contractors, pick-up and delivery couriers and food haulers.”

Green Mountain Kenworth is part of the Patsy’s  Companies and The Profile Group of dealerships, a network of over 40 product lines in 18 locations throughout New England.  It’s no wonder that they are the area’s Transportation Authority.

The company also has a PacLease Franchise.  PacLease has more than 200 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.  PacLease leases more Kenworth trucks than any single leasing company in the world.

Green Mountain Kenworth takes great pride in selling and servicing Kenworth, Hino and Isuzu trucks.  Their experienced staff is more than qualified to fulfill all your trucking needs.  Green Mountain Kenworth South is open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to Noon on Saturday.  The phone number is 802-725-0533.  Green Mountain Kenworth South is part of the Kenworth dealer network of more than 360 locations in the United States and Canada.  Green Mountain Kenworth’s website is www.greenmoun

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John Adams and John Quincy Adams are the only two presidents among the first seven to leave office after a single term.


It is truly said that children brighten a home.
They never turn off the lights.

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Sam's Scrapbook


Congratulations to Rolla Jasmin who celebrated his 93rd Birthday this week.

Happy Birthday to Meg Wing who celebrates another year on February 21.

What the heck! Happy Birthday to Gus Louras too.

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