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Seniors to dedicate bench to honor ‘Cookie’ Allen

VERNON—The Vernon Seniors invite the public to a dedication of “Cookie’s Bench” on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Earlier this year, Nancy Durborow received Selectboard approval for placing a marble bench on town property in memory of Eleanor “Cookie” Allen.

“That’s a good, good thing, and we’re pleased to do that,” Board Chair Christiane Howe said.

Allen, who died Dec. 31, 2014, was a Vernon native with an extensive history of serving the town. She was the town historian, she sat on the Farmland Preservation Committee, was president of the Vernon Seniors, and was the longtime senior van driver.

The Seniors raised the money for the bench “in fond memory ... for her service and dedication to the Town of Vernon, its history, and its future,” the news release says.

The Nov. 27 event, which begins at 3 p.m., is at the Vernon Town Office building on Governor Hunt Road, on the Route 142 side of the building. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #384 (Wednesday, November 23, 2016). This story appeared on page B5.

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