CNB “tree of lights” fundraiser for hospice starts tomorrow

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NEWPORT — The tree of lights will again be on display at the front of the Community National Bank (CNB) Derby branch office.

As it has for almost twenty years, it will be illuminated with colorful lights, each representing a loved one remembered.

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The tree of lights is an annual benefit for the hospice program of Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice (OEVNA).

OEVNA provides home health care services to residents in the twenty-four communities in Orleans and northern Essex counties.

Due to the restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, CNB will not hold its annual lighting ceremony with the reading of the names.

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Instead, the names will be listed on Facebook and the OEVNA website. People may select to opt-out of the names being listed on social media by completing tree of lights slips and checking on the box labeled “cannot be listed on Facebook.”

“We proudly display this year’s Tree of Lights to remember and honor our loved ones and in support of the essential work of our friends at Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice,” Kathy Austin, President of CNB said.

Austin added that the bank remains truly grateful to healthcare workers for their service to our community.

“During this season of lights, our thoughts turn to our community members, those who continue to fight their internal battles, and those who have lost,” Lyne Limoges, executive director of Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, said.

She added that they appreciate Community National Bank’s collaboration in providing a visual reminder during the holiday season of those we remember and honor with the tree of lights.

The tree of lights will be lit from December 10 until December 31.

Donations of $5 are accepted at Community National Bank branches in Newport, Derby, Derby Line, Troy, Island Pond, and Barton, as well as at Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc.

For more information about the tree of lights fundraiser or about the services of the agency, call 802-334-5213.

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