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 Annual Events & Programs
Sponsored by the Jay Focus Group

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Thanks to the efforts of Kim Lucier. Denise Rossignol & Deb Talty  
21 Children will have an extra special gift under their 2022 Christmas Tree this year. 
We thank all who took the time to pick up a child's name & purchased a gift.
This is what community is all about. 

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2022 Town of Jay Tree Lighting, Caroling and Santa & Mrs Claus visit - Dec 2, 2022.

A fun time for all ages.

Big thank you to Bill DiCarlo & Kathy DiCarlo for organizing this annual event, and to those who baked cookies and Beverly Price for leading the caroling and let's not forget the Jay Vol Fire Dept for transporting Santa & Mrs Claus. Thank you to Kellie Flanders for the photos.

2022 Hometown Holiday Decorating Challenge
 Info & 2022 Winners

Jay Focus Group Video was produced by Dustin Beloin of North Country Union High School in 2019 for a Jay Focus Group Newport Rotary Club project. Describes many of our programs and how they help area children   

The Jay Focus Group supports
Annual Events on the 

Jay Community Recreational Centre
Easter Egg Hunt, Leprechaun Scamper,
Full Moon Walks, Pumpkin PI Run/Race

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Operation Back to School spearheaded by Deb Talty gives new back packs & school supplies to kids in need at start of each school year.

 

The Jay Focus Group supports Food Drives for the Jay Area Food Shelf covering the 5 towns of Jay, Lowell, North Troy, Troy and Westfield. Volunteers pick up day old bakery items from Price Chopper every Sunday; help Kim Lucier, volunteer Food Shelf Director, when needed and are a conduit for funds from Individual, Businesses and Charitable Organizations to the Food Shelf. Between April and December 2020, $10,100 was directed to the Food Shelf in this manner.  

 

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The Jay Focus Group annually supports:

Jay Area Food Shelf
Green Mountain Farm to School
Hope on the Slope/Jay Peak
Newport Rotary Club of Newport, VT
Knights of Columbus "Coats for Kids" for the Jay Area Food Shelf
Local Halloween & Christmas Activities in Jay & Westfield 
Jay/Westfield Elementary School Operation Back Pack
Joshua House Inc

BigBrothersBigSisters NEK VT

2022  North Country Career Center Person Care Closet 

 

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To create a sense of community spirit and belonging, and to extend a warm welcome to new home/landowners in the town of Jay, the Jay Focus Group has established the Jay Welcome Bag project. We send postcards inviting the new home/landowners to come to town hall (so they know where it is!), present the postcard to the town clerk (so they know who she is!) and pick up their welcome bag.  This bag includes items such as  a slurp of syrup, a coupon for a free coffee at the Jay Country Store, our Jay Annual Report, information about Green Up Day and a Green Up Bag, the Jay Community Recreational Centre map, information on the Jay Focus Group, a Northland Journal and various area business cards.   We consider this project a success, as more than 20% of those approximately 100 new folks came in and claimed their gift.  Our Town Clerk has used the time to remind folks about dog licensing, voter registration, etc. 

The Jay Focus Group collaborates with the Town of Jay Green Up Day Coordinator, Sally Rivard,  to assist in publicity, and in providing snacks and other support as needed. 

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The Jay Community Recreational Centre (JCRC), originally called the Jay Land Trust, hosts an annual trail cleanup day at which Jay Focus Group members provide support in registration, food, water, snack distribution
 and trail clean up. The Jay Focus Group also supports the JCRC with an annual donation and as a conduit to grants
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7th Annual Jay Oktoberfest
a Jay Community Recreational Centre Fundraiser & Fun Event in downtown Jay

Sat., Sept 17. 2022  - 10 am to  4 pm 

Vendors, Chili Contest, Silent Auction, Trebuchet Pumpkin Launching,
Pumpkins for Sale, Music,
Cow Plop 50/50 Fundraiser, 
Pumpkin PI Race on the Jay Community Recreational Centre and more 

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