Visiting nurses receive recognition

Trumbull resident Karen Mercer-Derleth and Milford’s Patty Merola were honored as 2015 Community Recognition Award recipients by Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut during the agency’s 106th annual meeting held Oct. 13 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn. Mercer-Derleth and Merola received appreciation gifts from VNS Board of Directors Chair Robert Rodia, right, during the event. They have each served as co-chairs of the agency’s annual Clambake fundraiser for several years. The Clambake, just in the past five years, has raised $250,000 to support VNS’ non-profit mission of ensuring the availability of skilled home health and hospice services for all residents of the organization’s service area comprised of New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield counties.