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Rutland singers honored by governor

RUTLAND - The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Trillium Singers received the 2011 Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin presented the award at a special awards ceremony at the State House in Montpelier recently.

The award honors individuals, groups, and businesses that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service in Vermont.

"We were very excited to receive this honor", says Nancy Birdsall, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator "RAVNAH is very proud of our Trillium singers. They offer a very special gift to patients and their families in our communities."

Trillium was formed to bring comfort, hope and healing to those living a life limiting illness, as well as to their families. The choral group is comprised of more than 40 community volunteers who visit hospice and palliative patients around Rutland County, Dorset and Rupert.

Patients may reside in private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or hospital. Small groups of Trillium singers offer musical selections tailored to the physical needs and musical preferences of the patients. The group's repertoire ranges from spiritual hymns to traditional standards.

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