Banner donates tablets and subscriptions to new county residents | Business

BENNINGTON — The Bennington Banner and its sister newspaper, the Brattleboro Reformer, recently donated six tablet computers and subscriptions to new residents of the area, Afghan families and people who recently fled their homeland after the return of the Taliban Last year.

Noah Hoffenberg, editor of Bennington Banner, presented four tablets and four Banner subscriptions to family advocates on Thursday.

The donation was co-sponsored by Bennington County Open Arms, which helps resettle families in the Bennington area. The tablets were accepted on behalf of the families by Natalie Basil, Executive Director of Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services Inc., Grace Winslow of Bennington County Open Arms, Cheryl Gasparetti of Church Dorset, and Callie Fishburn and Cat Bryars of Bennington County Regional Committee.

“Vermont News & Media is excited to play a small role in integrating our new neighbors in southern Vermont,” Hoffenberg said. “After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, we hope these families will find the same peace, refuge and community warmth that our region is well known for and that we enjoy every day.”

Earlier in the week in Brattleboro, Hoffenberg gave two tablets and subscriptions to two young Afghan refugees, who moved to Windham County.

Additionally, one of these new Vermont residents is an artist and received a much-appreciated Nikon digital camera and Nikon lens to begin personal and professional work in the visual arts and short stories. The equipment donation came from Kelly Fletcher of Kelly Fletcher Photography.

“Like the rest of the United States, Vermont is slowly becoming a melting pot of different cultures. This helps replenish our workforce, enriches our Southern Vermont culture, and helps set the stage in Green Mountain State. for future growth and productivity,” Jordan said. Brechenser, publisher of Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal. “Vermont News & Media welcomes our new neighbors to the area.”

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