Monday October 22, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

On Oct. 6, the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department and Guilford Fire Department Auxiliary held a Coffee Break at the Welcome Center in Guilford. Thank you to the Welcome Center and the state of Vermont for allowing us the opportunity to raise funds for the fire department.

First and foremost, I would like to commend the fire department and auxiliary for all of your hard work. Doing this bake sale from 7 in the morning, until 9 at night, is a long task. It also requires a lot of leg work prior. I think it went really smoothly.

A very sincere thank you to all the local businesses who donated various items, a lot of which were made in Vermont. Atamaniuk Funeral Home, Big Y, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Burton Car wash, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Commonwealth Dairy, Goodenough Rubbish, Green Mountain Orchard, Guilford Sound, Hannafords, LaRock and Sons, Leader Beverage, Mocha Joes, Price Chopper, Subway, United Natural Foods, Vermont Bread and Walmart.

I want to thank the community members that donated their time in baking and putting together different items that we could have available as well. It is very heart warming to see community coming together to help out a much needed cause.

Also a thank you to the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, for lending us the insulated coffee containers. They worked perfectly.

Thank you again for all your help in our success.


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Erin Tkaczyk,

Guilford Fire Department Auxiliary Vice President,
Oct. 11 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On Sunday, Oct. 7, an "Afternoon at the Opera" graced the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in an early 20th century Estey organ and mezzo-soprano concert that was absolutely heaven on earth.

Local virtuosi Clark Anderson and Jenna Rae filled the air with Verdi, Wagner, Handel, Massenet, and Mozart. All stops sounded in the "March" from Aida as well as Wagner’s "Ride of the Valkyries." The opening waltzes from Richard Strauss set the tone, and even Johann Strauss the second and Jacques Offenbach had their turn with Fledermaus, the Can Can, and the Tales of Hoffman. It was a rich mix and a glorious program. The passionate songs and the romantic solo stops were especially memorable. "L’amour" from Bizet’s Carmen was the perfect encore to an atmosphere of such love and good will.

Proceeds benefited the Estey Organ Museum, and on their behalf we share great thanks for all those who contributed.

Brattleboro is fortunate to have this magnificent musical instrument and to have such accomplished good neighbors to bring it alive. Let’s hope the community can work together to assure its availability, in good condition, for all time.

Thank you, Clark and Jenna, for a perfectly wonderful afternoon.

Alan O. Dann,

Marlboro, Oct. 11

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Editor of the Reformer:

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the 42nd Annual Heritage Festival, sponsored by the Newfane Congregational Church this past Columbus Day weekend, so successful.

Words can hardly express how grateful we are for the continuous help from friends of the Church throughout the West River Valley and beyond. We could not have put on this event without the help of community members working along with Church members, beginning in September with pie-making, through the Festival itself and including the clean-up afterwards. We appreciate the support of area businesses that made donations to the Super Raffle, sponsored newspaper ads, provided materials and helped in many other ways.

This would not have been a successful fundraising event without loyal Festival goers. We are looking forward to seeing you there next year. Thank you all.

Heritage Festival Committee,

Newfane, Oct. 10

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Editor of the Reformer:

On October 13th, Brattleboro hosted the fourth annual Buddy Walk, an event created by the National Down Syndrome Society to promote inclusion and awareness of our community members who have Down syndrome and other abilities. The work of putting together an event like this could not have been possible without the help and support of a number of people and organizations. On behalf of the families, friends and individuals of all abilities I would like to thank the many community partners for helping make this event a great success.

First, thank you to our corporate sponsors who made significant financial and gift contributions and helped make the burden of this event so much easier. This year we were fortunate to have the support of HCRS, TD Bank, Iris Lines, LiptonMart, Vermont Country Deli, The Works, Price Chopper, WTSA, WKVT, The Monadnock Radio Group, Green Mountain Orchards, The Brattleboro Fire Department, The Elks, The Firemen’s Association, Baystate Health Ambulance and Snow and Sons Landscaping. We are fortunate to live in a community that can count on the support of local businesses to help address important issues like inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Thank you to Mount Snow, The Marina Restaurant, Vermont Festivals, Latchis Theater, Amy’s Bakery, Woodman’s Athletics, the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Windham County Safe Kids, Outer Limits, Home Depot, and Kringle Candle for their generous raffle contribution.

Thank you to our ambassadors Katherine Breunig, the White and Diamondstone family, WSESU administrators (including Marisa Duncan-Holley, John Reed), WSESU teachers (including Katie Keir, Adrew Speno, Matt Neikirk), Michelle Deblois, Beth Morton as well as The Reformer, Steve West at WKVT, Ian Taylor and Tim Johnson at WTSA for their help promoting this event in our community.

Thank you to our all-important volunteers including Alfred Hughes, Joe, Cathy, and Scott Rosmarino, The White Family, Evan Cross, Tony Sablan, Michelle Mortimer, Carol Nicholson, Marisa Duncan-Holley, Nancy Johnston, TD Bank employees, Jim Bartus, Tim Todd, Steve Oberski, Steve Dutton for giving their time to make this a successful event.

Thank you to our participating vendors Woodman’s Athletics, The Boys and Girls Club, Expressive Arts in Brattleboro, Metlife, VT Special Olympics, Theater Adventure Program and Reece’s Rainbow for their leadership in promoting inclusion in their programs.

Finally, thank you to our participants for your presence and personal support and to our self-advocates who inspire us each and every day. Together and as a community we were able to help raise awareness and promote inclusion for people of all abilities and will move forward to do even more for our community.

Jim Nicholson

Brattleboro Buddy Walk
Coordinator

Brattleboro, Oct. 15

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Townshend Select Board would like to honor the following Townshend Volunteer Firefighters for the many hours they spend training and responding to fires and other serious incidents, including an exploding house!

Chief Doug Winot; Assistant Chief Mike Cutts; Captain Dale Davis; Lieutenant Irvin Stowell; Engineers Glen Beattie and Brian Schmidt; Treasurer Joe Daigneault; Secretary Charles Marchant; Chaplain David Onyon; Firefighters Adam Bozetarnik, Martin Bozetarnik, Michelle Brooks, Roger Brown, Meghan Curtin, Michael Daniels, Bernard Davis, David Dezendorf, Ryan Hockertlotz, Sal Merinello, Mark Morse, Joe Novick, Sr., Joe Novick, Jr., Walter Royce, Rick Snow, Phil Trevorrow, Dale West; Junior Members Wade Beattie and Owen Beattie.

Hedy A. Harris, Chair

Townshend Selectboard,
Oct. 19