Heroes Honored At St. Johnsbury Dinner

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ST. JOHNSBURY - Several local heroes were honored at last night's "Unsung Heroes Celebration Dinner," which took place at St. Johnsbury Academy's Streeter Hall Cafeteria on Thursday night. The dinner was designed to showcase community members who volunteer work in the community can sometimes go unnoticed, and the honorees featured faces familiar to those active in the Northeast Kingdom community.

Alice Burnham, one of those receiving an award last night is an eighty-six year old woman who volunteers almost every day of the week. Another, Wes Ward, is a key member of St. Johnsbury's Kiwanis club. The Kiwanis club's swimming pool is one of the only pools in the country to offer free swimming lessons.


"I believe that I can make a difference," Ward said. "I can make a difference for the kids that want to get swimming lessons at the local swimming pool, and I can make a difference for the kids that I help with the court system as a guardian ad litem... You can't always see the effect that you have, but I know that I always make a difference."

The dinner was prepared by students in the Academy's Cooking for Life program, and the event was co-sponsored by Vermont's Blue Cross/Blue Shield.