Area Retirees Receive Exceptional Retiree Awards at Gala Ceremony

Area Retirees Receive Exceptional Retiree Awards at Gala Ceremony

Area Retirees Receive Exceptional Retiree Awards at Gala Ceremony

Robert Sugarman, Rose-Marie Pelletier, Dr. Lea Newman, and Kathie Wall Evans pause with their awards after the gala presentation dinner.

Robert Sugarman, Rose-Marie Pelletier, Dr. Lea Newman, and Kathie Wall Evans pause with their awards after the gala presentation dinner.

Equinox Village, At Home Senior Care, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Green Mountain RSVP and Volunteer Center, A Tempo Senior Move and Prospect Rehabilitation/Cornerstone Fitness, announce that Kathie Wall Evans of Dorset, Vt., Dr. Lea Newman, Rose-Marie Pelletier of Pownal, Vt. and Robert Sugarman of Arlington, Vt. are this year’s Exceptional Retiree Awards (ERA) honorees. The awards honor Bennington and Windham County retirees who exemplify vibrant older age.

Evans was awarded the 2014 ERA for Excellence in Health and Wellness. She is one of the founding members of the Interfaith Council of the Northshire and a member of the Right Track Foundation. But perhaps her most profound impact is made as a quiet supporter to caregivers and those who are very ill.

Newman, the 2014 honoree for Excellence in Continued Scholarship has written and published scholarly articles and books about such literary giants as Dickinson, Frost, Hawthorne and Melville since her retirement from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She continues to teach, serve on the boards of literary organizations and make appearances.

Pelletier, the 2014 ERA honoree for Excellence in Service and Community Leadership, formed ‘Hour for Our Community,’ a time bank exchange program with 70 members and more than 300 hours logged. She mentors a student; drives a neighbor to the YMCA three times a week; volunteers at the polls each election day; and serves as an elected Justice of the Peace.

Sugarman,  the 2014 ERA honoree for Excellence in the Arts, is a playwright, writer, editor, director and critic. He has written one mystery novel, two non-fiction books and five plays. He reviews performing arts books for the American Library Association, and has edited papers for the Popular Culture Association.

These annual awards are open to residents of Bennington and Windham Counties who are retired and over the age of 55. Nominations opened in mid-February and closed on March 28. The honorees were announced at a Gala Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday, May 30, at Equinox Village.

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