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Baker, 94, is face of volunteerism at Porter Hospital

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Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MARY BAKER, 94, was recently recognized for her 10,000 hours of volunteer service at Porter Hospital, dating back to 1980. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — A hospital can be an intimidating and foreboding place for those who first cross the threshold looking for a sick loved one somewhere in a veritable honeycomb of rooms.

Porter Hospital is no impersonal honeycomb, but visitors can still be anxious — until they see Mary Baker. It is then that furrowed brows become less crinkled and destinations become more clear as Baker smiles reassuringly, issues a warm welcome and asks if she can help.

And she invariably can.

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