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Red ribbons honor DEA agent

County auto dealers and the Diamond Run Mall are joining the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition in observing National Red Ribbon Week ending Oct. 31. Drivers will notice clusters of red vehicles placed prominently along area highways during this week, in front of all eleven of Rutland Countys new car dealerships: Aldermans Toyota/Scion, Aldermans Chevrolet, Automobile International, Brileyas Chrysler/Jeep, Fair Haven Chrysler/Dodge, Formula Ford of Rutland County, Kinney Motors, Jerrys Nissan, John C. Stewart and Son Ford, Shearer Honda, and Smith Buick/Pontiac/GMC. The mall concourse and auto dealerships will also display large plywood red ribbons, painted by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County. Members of the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition will speak with students in schools around Rutland County during this week, held a public meeting to help parents and teens talk to each other about drugs at the Dollhouse Restaurant in Stafford Technical Center. Members of the Rutland County Youth Council, which operates under RAPs guidance, will also be part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Departments annual Halloween Parade. The National Family Partnership organized the first nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. The red ribbon was adopted as a memorial symbol by friends and neighbors of Enrique Camarena, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was kidnapped and killed for coming close to break up a drug cartel in Mexico. Each year, more and more communities and schools across America use this week to educate youth and promote drug-free choices. To learn more about the work of the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition, contact Marian Ackerman, coordinator, at (802) 775-4199. RAP is a Community Care Network affiliate and a member agency of the United Way of Rutland County.

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