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Retired Schoolteacher from Polson, Montana Wins Family Dream Vacation from BIC Corporation.

MILFORD, Conn., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A retired schoolteacher who taught kindergarten for many years at an elementary school on Santa Claus Lane in North Pole, Alaska, and now resides in Polson, is a winner in the BIC Family Dream Vacation Shaver Sweepstakes.

Brenda Hall Martin, 52, entered the BIC Family Dream Vacation Sweepstakes in May, after reading a write-up in Women's World magazine. Soon after she mailed in her five entries, she traveled to Indiana to visit her daughter at college, and forgot all about the vacation she had entered to win.

"I'm an eternal optimist," said Martin. "I always enter contests and sweepstakes and those kinds of things. The biggest thing I've ever won is a box of chocolates as a door prize, so you could imagine my surprise when I got a call saying I was a winner in this sweepstakes."

As one of three grand-prize winners, Martin is entitled to a 6-day, 5-night stay at any participating Sleep, Comfort, Quality, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge or Rodeway Inn. She also receives a free car rental from Alamo Rent A Car for the duration of her vacation and $5,000 in cash, to pick up any extra expenses.

Just where will Martin go and whom will she bring?

She plans to head to the bright lights, big city of Las Vegas -- with her husband, daughter and son. "Since my son is in Arizona and my daughter is in Indiana, it's not too often that we get to have a family reunion," Martin said. "We plan to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday."

Martin says she entered the BIC Family Dream Vacation Sweepstakes in part because she recognized and trusted the BIC brand name. "I've always used BIC's yellow and white disposable shavers and I've written with the BIC Fine Point Accountant pen throughout my career," she said.

While Brenda Hall Martin is originally from Montana, she taught kindergarten for many years at North Pole Elementary School on Santa Claus Lane in North Pole, Alaska, a suburb of Fairbanks. She also taught at Ticasuk Brown Elementary School. She has fond memories of the popular tourist town and misses her many friends though, she noted: "It would get light about 11 a.m. and dark at 2 p.m. in the wintertime."

She and her husband now travel and live in a motor home in Polson six months out of every year.

The BIC Family Dream Vacation Sweepstakes ran from January to June 1999. Entries were accepted via mail and the Internet. The two additional grand prize winners are from Westminster, Colorado, and Plattsburgh, New York.

BIC Corporation, headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of stationery products, lighters and shavers. Visit BIC Corporation on the web at http://www.bicworld.com.
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