Monday September 24, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

Recently, the American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit #5 Color Guard of Brattleboro held a Safety Coffee Break at the Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford.

Thank you to the Welcome Center and the state of Vermont for giving us this opportunity to raise funds for our organization and the assistance from their employees.

I would like to express a very sincere thank you to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #5 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #5 for their assistance in this project, it was invaluable.

To Commander Guthrie and the Officers and members of Post #5, thank you for letting us borrow the coffee pots and letting us store items at the Post and in the walk-in cooler.

I want to give a special thank you to the following people who went over and above on this project: Daniel Buckley, Richard Clark, Lucie and Gerry Fortier, Lou LaBreck, Sandra Merz, Herbert Meyer, Ann Nelson, and Laura Slate.

If I have left anyone out, please forgive me it wasn’t intentional.

Maureen Pinger,

Coffee Break Chairman,

Brattleboro, Sept. 19 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

It was Alice Loomis’ wish that a program be established to provide lunches to Dummerston School children who qualified for free lunches or partially subsidized lunches during the summer. Two years ago, with a bequest from Alice Loomis’ estate made by her daughter Betty Ann Morse and family, Alice’s Summer Lunch Program was established.

Now during its second year of operation, the program this summer delivered 750 lunches to children throughout Dummerston. It would not have been made possible without the generosity of many organizations and individuals and donations of time and effort by members of the Program’s Committee.

Alice’s Summer Lunch Program would like to thank the following: Donations were made by the Dummerston Community Chest, Vermont Conference of United Church of Christ, Dummerston Women’s Association, the Board of Sandglass Theater, Esther Falk, Kevin Morgan of GeoVisions, and several anonymous donations. In addition, food items were donated by Grafton Village Cheese Company, Nelson and Marilyn Jillson, Ruth Barton, Carol Bryant, and Price Chopper and Hannaford’s gift certificates.

Services were provided John Wilson and Shirley Crosier and special thanks to the Dummerston Community Church for providing space to pack and assemble the lunches during the summer.

Members of the committee who bought groceries, packed the lunches, and delivered them to the families include Carol and Sam Farwell, Shirley Perkins, Wendy Baxter, Winnifred Vogt, Sallie May, Ann Nash, Jeanette and Rick Mills, and Laurie Frechette.

The Program Committee again wants to thank those who helped make this all possible and we look forward to another successful summer in 2013.

William Menezes, Alice’s
Summer Lunch Program

Dummerston, Sept. 20

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Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks to all who attended another successful BEAN art microgrant dinner at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center on Sunday Sept. 16. We are grateful for the musical talent of "Weekend Reformers" Ruth Garbus, Ron Schneiderman, and Chris Weisman; and finally, congratulations to our two winners: Firekeeper Productions: Scheherzade and Molly Burke and Art in the Neighborhood: New Neighborhood Outreach.

Rebecca Jones, MD

Brattleboro, Sept. 17

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Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Lt. Mark H. Dooley 5K Race was held in Wilmington for the fourth consecutive year. The annual event is a tribute to Lt. Mark Dooley, a former Wilmington resident and police officer who was killed in action on Sept. 19, 2005, while deployed to Iraq with the Vermont Army National Guard.

The fourth annual race was once again a huge success thanks to all the volunteers, donors, sponsors, supporters and participants. The spirit of this year’s race was enriched with beautiful weather, an appearance by Miss Vermont (Chelsea Ingram), live music (by Welkin Again), a delicious hot breakfast (by Chef Joe Gerardi and the Brattleboro Yellow Ribbon Group) and over 200 in attendance.

The proceeds of the race benefit the Lt. Mark H. Dooley Memorial Fund, which was established by Mark Dooley’s friends at the Wilmington Police Department. Each year the Lt. Mark H. Dooley Memorial Fund donates to the Twin Valley High School athletics program, offers a scholarship through TVHS, and donates to various military support and veteran groups. Additionally, a percentage of the funds are set aside for the construction of a local memorial. This year a race day raffle was held which in itself yielded a $2,130 donation to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation.

Many thanks are owed to everyone who made this event a successful tribute to the memory of Mark Dooley.

Please mark your calendars for Sept. 21, 2013, for the 5th Annual LT. Mark H. Dooley 5K Race.

Visit www.markdooley5k.com for race photos and results as well as recognition of our many sponsors, supporters and raffle prize donors.

Greg Murano,

Wilmington, Sept. 19

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Editor of the Reformer:

I am writing to say a heartfelt thank you for the recent celebration and accomplishments at the Whetstone Studios for the Arts.

I would like to personally thank Ken Taylor, Les, Sean H, Sean M, Art Campbell, Joe Jewitt and crew, David Manning and crew, Ted Fellows, Jimmy, and Turner & Renaud. Without the help and determination of these people and so many others who I have not individually mentioned, Brattleboro would not have the beautiful building we have today. You all did a wonderful job. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to give special thanks to Barbara Holliday, for the amazing energy and vision she put into the three-day gala opening celebration of the Whetstone Studios for the Arts. What an incredible job she did. She deserves tremendous credit for its huge success. I thank you, Barbara.

Special thanks, as well, to Tammy of Millie’s Antiques, Anon’s Thai Cuisine, Sage and Naomi, the wonderful musicians and the local media for the attention and support you gave to our opening.

Also, I want to thank the gifted artists connected to the Whetstone Studios. Our life at the Whetstone is getting better and better because of what we have created in that special building, inside and out. We, all of us, have created a community in which we support each other in our commitment to excellence and artistic expression. I thank you for your patience and the talent you bring to our community.

Lastly, thank you to my wonderful daughter, Hannah, and her family, my friends, and the hundreds of visitors and neighbors who came to our building and shared in our opening events. Thank you, thank you, for joining me in celebration.

I am proud and honored to be connected to the Whetstone Studios for the Arts and I look forward to the many upcoming events we are planning to share in the future.

David D. Parker,

Brattleboro, Sept. 18