Annual Events & Programs
Sponsored by the Jay Focus Group

NEW EVENT
Holiday Home Decorating Contest

 for Jay & Westfield Residents

 

Spread some Holiday Cheer this year and Show off your Community Spirit by Decorating your dwelling for the holidays and entering our Home Decorating Contest. 
Please complete the on line form by Thursday, December 2, 2021 to be entered in the contest. Or Flyers can be dropped off to either Jay or Westfield Town Clerk Offices or scan/photo to jayfocusgp@gmail.com.  Homes only are eligible for the contest, but if you are a business, go ahead and get into the spirit! Judging will take place from  5 to 9 pm on Monday, December 6 & Tuesday, December 7th.
Santa will announce the winning entries from each town during the annual Town of Jay Tree Lighting, Caroling & Santa Event
at Jay Town Hall on Friday, December 10, 6-7pm.  

Two prizes awarded in each town.  
Prize includes a $50 Gift Card to Jay Village Inn & Restaurant and a Holiday Stocking filled with goodies! 

Thanks for joining the Jay Focus Group 501(c3) and the Jay Village Inn in our efforts to create a sense of community spirit and celebrate the season in our towns!

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Annual Christmas Gifts for
Jay Area 
Food Shelf Children

Ornaments ready for pickup at Jay Town Hall starting Tues., Nov 16
Unwrapped gifts due back Thurs., Dec 9

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The Annual Town of Jay Tree Lighting, Caroling and Santa & Mrs. Claus visit
is held the 2nd Friday of December 6 to 7 pm at the Jay Town Hall Green.
This fun event was cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020, but is scheduled this year for
Friday, December 10, 2021. 6 - 7 pm

Free Hot Dog, Cookies, Candy Canes, Gifts for Children, plus Santa will announce the winners of the Jay & Westfield Home Decorating Contest. 

A non-perishable donation to the Jay Area Food Shelf is always appreciated. 

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:

Green Mountain Farm to School
Hope on the Slope/Jay Peak
Annual Orleans County Snowmobile Course
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. 
Our annual donation to the Jay/Westfield Elementary School helps the school encore program for afterschool activities. 

We are proud to sponsor the BigBrothersBigSisters NEK VT

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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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