Saturday October 13, 2012

PUTNEY -- A total of 27 walkers set out in the chilly drizzle on the annual Walk for Healthy Aging on Sept. 29 to support Putney Cares. Its mission is to keep area seniors healthy and in their own homes as long as they are able. Over the years more and more students have joined the walkers and this year with the help of many Putney businesses supporting them, 16 students walked with the seniors.

The youngest walker was 4 years and the oldest walker was 81. Both completed the one-mile loop from the Cares Barn up Kimball Hill to the Putney Central School and back again. This part of the loop featured a spontaneous talk about the many generations of families in all the houses lining that part of the walk.

On the three mile loop, 10 Landmark College students and six students from Putney Central School (all part of the Putney Service Corps) joined many other seniors and Putney Cares board members and staff and community members to complete the loop in record time. After the walk everyone joined in the barn to share healthy snacks provided by Black River Produce and Putney Cares Board members.

Putney businesses made generous donations to sponsor the student walkers were Putney General Store, River Valley Credit Union, Rod’s Towing and Repairs, Tom Hayes Auto Repair, Copper Kettle B and B, The Vermonter Candy Maker, Putney Coop, Basketville, Medicine for the People, Green Mountain Spinnery, Landmark College and Some Like It Hot.