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Block party helps neighbors in Keene

To the Valley News:

The Market Street Block Party in Keene Valley drew hundreds of neighbors, visitors and friends last Friday night. We shared in a pig roast, brought great side dishes and desserts, and raised a little money.

Actually, we raised a bunch of money. The final tally was $11,733 with an additional $11,733 matching gift from the Weckel family. Over $23,466 was given to the Keene Flood Recovery Program. On top of all that, it was just good to let down and party.

The idea started as a simple one, to turn our annual block party into a fundraising event for flood victims. No gift requests, no sponsors, because businesses everywhere are struggling too. Just a group of neighbors coming together to provide all the food for the party, so 100 percent of the donations received could go to the Keene Flood Recovery Fund. Our modest goal was to raise $2,000, but the incredible outpouring of generosity from far and wide helped us raised a lot more money than anticipated.

I would like to openly thank all the wonderful people and businesses who helped make this fundraiser a great success:

Karl Weckel and his family for matching donations; Harmony Hills Farm for donating the pig; Doug at the Mirror Lake Inn for his smoker; Lake Placid Brewery for the keg; Baxter Mountain Tavern & Noon Mark Diner for sides and desserts; McDonough Hardware for the charcoal; Chef Kirk and Chef Katie Fiore for cooking the pig; Market Street residents for being the best neighbors; and finally, thank you to the many generous donors who attended the event.

Now that the cleanup is well under way, we can all continue to help our friends and neighbors get back on their feet by letting everyone know not to cancel their fall visits. There are still many wonderful things to do and see in our region this fall. Communities all over have pulled out all the stops to repair the roads and infrastructures that were affected. If you have plans to come visit, please keep them; we would love to see you and our businesses need you now more than ever.

Many thanks to people near and far and we look forward to your visit!

Angela Smith and friends on Market Street, Keene Valley

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